Protecting Michigan’s Rare Amphibians and Reptiles: Saving the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Protecting Michigan’s Rare Amphibians and Reptiles: Saving the Eastern  Massasauga Rattlesnake

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  • When: 6:30 pm Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Where: Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306

Join us as David Mifsud with Herpetological Resource Management shares his wealth of knowledge about reptiles and amphibians in our great state. Michigan is home to over 60 species of reptiles and amphibians (called “herpetofauna”). More than half are designated as “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). In 2016 the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake was elevated to Federally Threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This designation has significant impacts on the conservation and management of these snakes in Michigan. This presentation will focus on rare amphibians and reptiles in Michigan, with emphasis on the Massasauga Rattlesnake, and discuss the basic natural history, threats, and conservation needs for these species.

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About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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