Audubon Society of Kalamazoo April 2022 Program – Your Local Rattlesnake: Michigan’s Eastern Massasauga

When:
April 25, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2022-04-25T19:30:00-04:00
2022-04-25T20:30:00-04:00
Where:
People's Church
1758 North 10th St
Kalamazoo
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dave Lemberg
269-375-7315

The Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are a federally threatened species whose geographic distribution is centered on Michigan, where most remnant populations occur. Conservation efforts in Michigan have been hampered by knowledge gaps including a lack of information on population demography, genetic diversity, and the emerging threat of snake fungal disease. The speaker has been conducting a long-term mark-recapture study to examine demographic and genetic parameters in Michigan massasaugas, with the goal of filling knowledge gaps. Additionally, she has been monitoring populations for snake fungal disease to estimate prevalence and assess the likelihood of population-level impacts. This talk will focus on the natural history and ecology of massasaugas, the demographic and genetic results collected to date, and the current status of snake fungal disease in Michigan massasaugas.

Dr. Jennifer Moore is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University. Her research focuses on conservation biology, spatial ecology, and conservation genetics of reptiles and amphibians. These have ranges from snakes and turtles in Michigan, to lizards in the Galapagos Islands, to Tuataras in New Zealand.

Join us on Monday, April 25, 2022, 7:30 PM. If there is no change in public health advisories, we are planning to meet in person for the first time in a while at our regular meeting place, the People’s Church at 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. We are trying to arrange a simultaneous Zoom link to the meeting for those who can’t make it or feel uncomfortable as yet to attend in person.

Because of the uncertainty at this point, we could have an in-person meeting, a Zoom meeting, or a combination of both. When we are certain, an email notice to confirm our meeting location(s) will be emailed to the membership a few days prior to the meeting – the meeting address and/or Zoom link will be confirmed at that time. If ASK does not have a current email address for you, please let us know at ask@kalamazooaudubon.org. Our plan is to record the meeting and make it available for later viewing.