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May 17 Audubon workshop focuses on timber rattlesnakes

By Staff | May 15, 2015

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Natural History Workshop on Timber Rattlesnakes the afternoon of Sunday, May 17.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville.

It will be led by leading rattlesnake expert W.H. “Marty” Martin,

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest but space will be limited and pre-registration is required. Register on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

There will also be a fee of $10 for PVAS members and $15 for nonmembers.

The workshop will focus on the life history, seasonal activities and habitats of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). One of two venomous snakes in our area (the other is the Copperhead), the Timber Rattlesnake is found throughout the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding Maryland and Virginia counties.

Its overall range encompasses some 27 eastern, southern and Midwestern states.

A Eastern Panhjandle resident, Mr. Martin is widely recognized as one of the foremost field experts on eastern rattlesnakes in general and the Timber Rattlesnake in particular.

He has authored or co-authored several important papers on the Eastern Diamondback and Timber Rattlesnake, and is the lead author and co-editor of the Timber Rattlesnake Conservation Action Plan, a project of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. The entrance is located on old Route 9, near Short Road, across from the Food Lion store. The workshop will be held in the Education Room of the facility’s Main Office building.

There is plenty of parking on site.

This event is one of a series of Natural History Workshops on different natural history topics the Society is sponsoring this year.

These Workshops are intended for people who are interested in learning about particular natural history topics in considerable depth but cannot commit to pursue the much more comprehensive natural history education available through PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, which can take a year or more to complete.

For more information contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.