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March 2005

Release date: March 01, 2005

Dowler to Present Skunk Lecture March 8 at ASU

While most people do their best to avoid close encounters with skunks, Angelo State University's Dr. Robert Dowler has spent quite a bit of time chasing them down and will share some of his findings and stories with the public during a free lecture on Tuesday, March 8.

The Tippett Professor of Biology and Curator of Mammals at ASU will present a public lecture titled "Skunks 101: The Biology of West Texas Skunks," at 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Boulware Lecture Hall, Cavness Science Building Room 100. The Cavness Building is at 2460 Dena Drive.

Dowler will discuss his skunk research techniques as well as introduce the audience to the three types of skunks found in the Concho Valley ¯ spotted, striped and hog-nosed ¯ and how to identify them, albeit from a distance.

"I'm convinced I can get anybody to identify them if I show them how," he said of the skunk types.

The lecture will include a PowerPoint presentation and a time for questions from the audience. An open house will follow in the Angelo State Natural History Collection, which is also in the Cavness Building.

Dowler is in the third year of a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant to study skunks in the Concho Valley. His studies, along with research done by ASU students, have given the university one of the state's largest collections of skunk specimens numbering nearly 200.

For more information about the lecture, call (325) 942-2189 Ext. 239.