Monthly Meeting

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Rd
Greenville, NC 27858
Region Coordinator

Join us at the next meeting of the Eastern Carolina Region on Thursday January 18th. Our program will be a webinar by:

Daryl Ratajczak, Lead Wildlife Instructor 

Topic: Super Sleepers: Black Bear hibernation 

Daryl is a career wildlife biologist now residing in the Rocky Mountains of Northern New Mexico. In 1992 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and soon began his life-long passion of living and working with North America’s mega-fauna (that’s simply a fancy word for large terrestrial animals). His first wildlife job after receiving his degree landed him outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park where he managed a small non-profit organization called the Appalachian Bear Center. Besides working with black bears, Daryl soon discovered his love for teaching after having to develop the black bear education program for the center.  This requires him to speak to groups and individuals on almost a daily basis. Before long, he was recruited and began working for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. It didn’t take long for Daryl to begin moving up the ranks. Within two years after starting with the state wildlife agency, he

was promoted to the Big Game Program Coordinator and oversaw the state’s White-tailed Deer, Elk, and Black Bear programs. After seven years of managing some of the state’s most iconic species, Daryl was promoted once again and served as the Chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the State of Tennessee. After realizing that position removed him from the field and freely talking about his passions, Daryl decided to get back to what he loves doing most in an area he had long since dreamed of working…the American West! Besides being a career wildlife biologist, Daryl is an accomplished writer and has been published in numerous wildlife-related magazines. 


We also will be showing images from our monthly assignment “Through the Trees”, recent images, and from our outings to Tryon Palace Candlelight Night and Lake Mattamuskeet. We also will find out winners of the Winter Quarterly Photo Contest “Colors of the Season”