Fireside Chat: Ron McAdow and Mammals on Wildlife Cameras

Fireside Chat: Ron McAdow and Mammals on Wildlife Cameras


Thursday, February 2, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Type

Active mostly at night, alert and skittish in the daytime, wild mammals are seldom observed in the field. Motion-activated cameras give us glimpses of these animals as they rove our conservation land and our neighborhoods. Ron McAdow started using this equipment in 2000, when images were still recorded to film. He co-chaired a team appointed to monitor activity in the wildlife tunnels installed beneath the re-built Route 2. In recent years Ron has used these cameras to record mammal activities in Adams Woods and at Farrar Pond.

In this slide presentation, Ron will show photos and videos of fox, bobcat, coyote, fisher, beaver, otters, and other species, recorded in Lincoln and nearby towns. He will explain the challenges posed by this equipment and share the results he has obtained over the years. After his presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and conversation.

Free, all are welcome. Please register to receive the Zoom Meeting link.


About Ron McAdow

Ron moved from his native state of Illinois to Massachusetts in 1971 and has spent his adulthood living in towns west of Boston, except for two years in Texas. Ron has made films and books for children and has worked to build care for the natural world, as a writer, photographer, and leader of a land trust. Ron authored The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers: A Guide to Canoeing, Wildlife, and History, and The Charles River: Exploring Nature and History on Foot and by Canoe.  Shortly before he was hired by Sudbury Valley Trustees, Ron set up a nature photography website, the precursor of SVT’s “Nature Sightings.” Ron served as Executive Director of SVT from 2003 – 2013.

Ron’s most recent publications are a guide to Mount Misery (2021) and an illustrated edition of Emerson’s Nature (2022). These great guides to the Lincoln and Concord area can be purchased locally at Something Special and online. 

Ron is a graduate of the University of Chicago. He lives on Farrar Pond in Lincoln with his wife, Betsy Stokey. During their nature-centered travels Ron practices his hobby of photography.

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