Yip, Yelp, Yi-Yi: Coyote Researcher Presents at The Big Read Dearborn

A Wayne State University doctoral candidate in biology will offer a presentation about coyotes that roam the Rouge River area.

William "Bill" Dodge will present a program on coyotes as part of The Big Read Dearborn, which is featuring "The Call of the Wild." (Photo submitted)
William "Bill" Dodge will present a program on coyotes as part of The Big Read Dearborn, which is featuring "The Call of the Wild." (Photo submitted)

A news release:

Local coyote researcher William “Bill” Dodge will present a special program about coyotes living along the Rouge River as part of The Big Read Dearborn next month.

The free program will be offered from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the auditorium at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.  The program is open to all ages.

A program on coyotes fits into The Big Read activities, which focuses on Jack London’s classic “The Call of the Wild,” because that book deals with dogs and wolves in the Yukon. Dearborn and the surrounding area don’t have wolves, but coyotes are part of the wildlife in the region.

Dodge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University.  His doctoral research involves gathering baseline data on the ecology of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.  

He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in conservation and wildlife management from Michigan State University.  His M.S. thesis research examined survival, reproduction, and movements of moose in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  

View a complete list of more than 35 events exploring “The Call of the Wild” at www.bigreaddearborn.org.

Keep an eye out for other events, such as the “Do You Hear the Call?” Photo Exhibit opening on May 1 (turn in photos on April 28), audiobook superstar George Guidall on April 26, and C. Alex London (author of the children’s series, “Dog Tags”) on April 30.

The Big Read Dearborn ends with a Wrap-up Party at Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, May 17, featuring real sled dogs, gold panning, an old time photo booth, popcorn and more.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment.


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