NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) continues its Green Living Seminar series on “Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” when Nathan Buckhout, district wildlife biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, speaks on “Fishing, Hunting and Trapping in Massachusetts.”

This event, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, is free and open to the public.

An avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish, Buckhout previously worked as the district wildlife biologist for southeast Massachusetts, prior to transferring to his position with the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Over the course of his career, Buckhout has worked seasonally throughout the United States, including in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park conducting European wild hog management, bear management, elk research and habitat management; and in Yellowstone National Park with the bear management office. 

In Alaska, Buckhout has worked seasonally on a sockeye salmon spawning project in Kodiak, and on black-tailed deer and brown bear habitat management in the Tongass National Forest with the U.S. Forest Service.

A native of Massachusetts, Buckhout holds a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries management and a master’s degree in wildlife, fisheries and conservation biology from UMASS-Amherst.

His master’s thesis was on human-black bear interactions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Each spring semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional and national experts. Each series is organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2016 series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the Department of Environmental Studies at MCLA.

This spring, MCLA’s Green Living Seminars is examining the relationship between people and wildlife, both locally and more broadly.

For more information, go to or contact Dr. Elena Traister, chair of the environmental studies program at MCLA, (413) 662-5303.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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