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Paul Osborne will present “The Birthday Snake—When Humans and Wildlife Collide” at the Science Forum on Friday.

His talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café.

As our population continues to sprawl, humans encroach on increasingly constricted areas for wildlife—increasing our likelihood of a wild encounter. Osborne will offer statistics, biology, and plenty of firsthand experiences to provide insight into a day in the life of a nuisance wildlife officer and a national perspective on our relation to wildlife.

Osborne is the owner and operator of All Creatures Wildlife Services. He graduated from UT in 1986 with degrees in zoology and music. He received his master’s degree in environmental health and safety in 1991, also from UT. Osborne has been working with wildlife for more than 30 years in Knoxville and the surrounding areas.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is one of UT’s oldest organizations. It was designed to provide the general public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about the latest scientific research.


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