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Conservation biologist Pete Marra, author of Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer (2016, Princeton University Press), speaks twice at Ohio State next week: at the Tuesday, Nov. 7, breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), and at the Wednesday, Nov. 8, annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative.

Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., will keynote the conference with a talk on feral cats, their predation on birds and other wildlife, and related health and ecological concerns. He’ll join a panel discussion on the topic.

“It’s a controversial issue,” CFAES Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Titchenell said in a recent press release. “It should be a very interesting panel.”

Marra’s talk at the EPN breakfast, titled “Cats: Cuddly Pets Indoors; a Threat to Birds, Wildlife, Health Outdoors,” will cover similar ground.

Registration for the conference, unfortunately, is closed. Registration for the EPN breakfast ($10; includes breakfast; free for Ohio State students) continues through Friday, Nov. 3.

Listen to Marra’s interview with Scientific American in April.

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