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Management & Status of Endangered Massasauga Rattlesnake

October 9, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Lincoln Park Zoo presents:

Management and Status of an Endangered Massasauga Rattlesnake Population in New York State

A Conservation and Science Lecture Series with Brent Johnson, Population Biologist, Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology at the
Lincoln Park Zoo

Manipulation of basking habitat is often proposed as a conservation strategy for snakes threatened by woody-plant succession, but its value as such remains unclear.  In New York State, an endangered population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (EMRs, Sistrurus catenatus) has faced natural succession of critical basking habitats throughout the past half-century. In 2011 and 2012, I surveyed use of recently manipulated habitats by EMRs and evaluated suitability of these habitats for basking based on environmental temperatures and crypsis potential.  Using a mark-recapture dataset spanning years 2006-2013, I also assessed the short-term demographic response of the EMR population to habitat manipulations. This presentation will provide an overview of my findings and their relevance to the conservation of this and other snake populations.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
1-2 pm
All are welcome! Please join us to learn about this exciting project.

Laflin Building, Ann Milligan Gray Room

The Laflin building is located at 2001 N. Clark Street in Chicago, at the corner of Clark and Armitage.

Please contact Seth Magle, Director, Urban Wildlife Institute (SMagle@lpzoo.org) if you have any questions.


October 9, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Laflin Building
2001 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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