Wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak feeding a bear cub 20 years ago. Ratajczak will give a free talk Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
Bears are incredibly intelligent animals who use vocalizations and body language to communicate.
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak will share photos, stories and data that explain how bears communicate in the wild. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Daryl managed a black bear rehab, research and education facility outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He went on to work for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the Big Game program coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs. He eventually became chief of wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the “desk-life” didn’t suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.