The Center for Wildlife Studies “Wild Maine” series of nature programs, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a look at how detection dogs are being trained to assist with wildlife research and conservation efforts. The talk will feature Lindsay Ware, founder of Science Dogs of New England, animal behaviorist Cheryl Frederick, and a and a trained detection dog.

The instructors will discuss how dogs are sniffing out data for biological research. They will also tell the story of their ongoing collaborative project in which they trained and deployed a conservation dog as a low-impact and efficient method of finding wood turtles and nests in terrestrial habitat. For those who are interested in learning more about this emerging field, the Center for Wildlife Studies Conservation offers a course about scent-detecting canines.

Lindsay Ware is a conservation dog trainer. She trains and handles scent detection dogs to find cryptic species for conservation research. She is a certified professional dog trainer and instructs canine training classes in Bangor.

For over 20 years, Cheryl Frederick worked at institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As an animal caretaker, she worked with a wide range of taxa in a variety of situations from pastures to aviaries, giving her a broad base of experience in most aspects of animal husbandry. Currently her research focuses on the welfare implications of husbandry practices for ursids residing in zoos, parks, and other care facilities; the habitat use of wood turtles; and the Amphibian Health Project.

The mission of the Center for Wildlife Studies is to provide accessible environmental education worldwide and promote wildlife conservation through science. Learn more about CWS by visiting their website:

The program will be offered in a hybrid format to a live audience in the library’s Picker Room and simultaneously streaming on Zoom. Email to reserve your spot in the limited live audience or visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at to register for a Zoom link to attend remotely.

For digital publication, here is the Zoom registration link: