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Assateague Island Alliance to host Dr. Jay F. Kirkpatrick

MARYLAND–Assateague Island Alliance, the non-profit friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, will host Dr. Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Saturday March 22 at 11 a.m. in the ASIS Environmental Education Center (old visitor center).  
Dr. Kirkpatrick is the scientist and researcher who partnered with ASIS and spent 27 years making the humane control of the wild horse population on Assateague Island (Maryland district) come to life.
Did you know Assateague Island National Seashore and the fertility control program used to manage the population of the wild horses in the Maryland district has been pioneering?  
Beginning in 1986, fertility control measures developed on, and used by ASIS are the first to show that fertility control could be applied to free-ranging wildlife remotely and the entire reproductive cycle could be monitored without capturing animals.  
ASIS was the first to use a completely new approach for monitoring genetics that doesn’t even require blood samples. ASIS was the first agency to develop an effective pro-active public education program which has been phenomenally successful.  All of the techniques described above are now used extensively, worldwide, but they started here on ASIS.
Join Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, of The Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Mont., to discover how all of this and more started here, on the sand and marshes of Assateague Island National Seashore.
The ASIS Environmental Education Center GPS address is 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, Md. 21811.
Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), a 501-c3 organization, was created to benefit Assateague Island National Seashore by supporting interpretive, educational and scientific programs and assuring stewardship, restoration and preservation of our land, water, living resources and historical sites while balancing high quality resource-compatible recreation. Donations and purchases are tax-deductible.