Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s (FOMB) sixth presentation of their 25th annual Winter Speaker Series, Are Dogs Really our Best Friends & Love Muffins? features Marc Bekoff, Ecologist, Evolutionary Biologist and Ethologist. FOMB’s Winter Speaker Series presentations are again being held via Zoom and are accessible via hyperlink at the top of the FOMB web page: www.fomb.org. This event takes place Wednesday, March 9th, at 7 pm.
The behavior of domestic dogs is all too often misrepresented mainly in mainstream media-- newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio, and on occasion by so-called "experts." Myths, often cute but incorrect, are presented as facts when, in fact, the science doesn't support them. I'll talk about a number of these myths and easily dispel them, and also about the perils of mislabeling and normalizing the behavior of domestic dogs. There is no 'universal dog' and a little-known fact is that around 75% of the billion or so dogs on Earth are free-ranging or feral. Using "homed" dogs and dogs studied in laboratories to explain dog behavior is misleading, as are the claims that dogs are our best friends and unconditional lovers. This is where a discussion of our recent book, A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans, enters the scene. It's a win-win for dogs and humans when we are fluent in dog or dog literate. This will be a fun and informative time for all.
FOMB hosts their Winter Speaker Series October-May, the second Wednesday of each month. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the series continues via Zoom. The FOMB April 13th presentation: American Shad features Nate Gray, Fisheries Biologist, ME Department of Marine Resources This event takes place 7:00 pm with the Zoom access link available at www.fomb.org a week or so prior to the presentation.