Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
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Today, reptiles and amphibians are among the most vulnerable species on Earth with one out of four species at risk of extinction. Join us in learning from local herpetologists and scientists about the threats that face our scaled and smooth-skinned friends and what we can do to help them survive.
Topics will include: conservation and management of wood turtles, Blandings turtles, and Eastern massauaga rattlesnakes; how climate change will affect gender distribution in reptiles; an emerging fungal disease in snakes; and new herpetology habitat tools.
10 - 10:15 am: Introductions
10:15 - 10:45 am: David Mifsud, Herpetological Resource and Management
10:45 - 11:15 am: Dr. Jim Harding, Michigan State University
11:15 - 11:45 am: Dr. Ellen Haynes, Wildlife Epidemiology Lab at University of Illinois
11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Yu Man Lee, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
12:15 am - 1:15 pm: Lunch Break
1:15 - 1:45 pm: Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, Purdue University Fort Wayne
1:45 - 2:15 pm: Dr. Jennifer Moore, Grand Valley State University
2:15 - 2:45 pm: Dr. Fred Janzen, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, MSU
2:45 - 3 pm: Wrap-up and Discussion
*Proceeds from donations will go towards buying box turtle trackers for the Institute's headstarted box turtles to be released this spring.
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