Raccoons are common to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and prey on the nests of several threatened and endangered species like piping plover, American oystercatcher, and green, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. In order to help protect these nesting species from raccoon predation, it is first necessary to study and understand the raccoon population. Join us to learn about raccoon ecology on Cape Lookout National Seashore. Hear about interesting (and surprising) research findings.
About our speaker
Arielle Parsons is a researcher in the Museum’s Biodiversity and Earth Observation Research Lab where she coordinates eMammal, a citizen-science camera trapping project to survey mammal species. Arielle is interested in mammalian and avian ecology and human-wildlife interactions but her particular expertise is raccoons. Most of her work has involved measuring population dynamics such as abundance and survival through different methods. Her work has taken her to the wilds of Canada, the mangrove swamps of West Africa, the Australian outback and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.