Wildlife biologist Chris Maher will lead a discussion on the social behavior of woodchucks in Maine at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, Aug. 13. at noon.

While normally considered a solitary species, woodchucks do display many components of social behavior. Dr. Maher will discuss the effects of kinship, ecological conditions, and personality on the social lives of this common species, based on a long-term study of a population in southern Maine.

Maher is a professor of biology at the University of Southern Maine who holds a doctorate in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the study of social behavior in mammals living in natural habitats. She teaches courses in introductory biology, vertebrate zoology, and animal behavior.

Admission to this program is free to Merryspring members and children, with a $5 fee for non-members.

This talk is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real-Estate.

For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.