PSH - June 2nd with David Mifsud
Conservation of Rare & Sensitive Herpetofauna: The Who, What, Where, and When of Landscape Management
Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register here.
Friday June 2, 1:00-4:00 pm
Park Lyndon North (Please ignore what Google Maps says - we are meeting across the street on the north side)
Please join David Mifsud at Park Lyndon to learn the who’s who of the local amphibians and reptiles. He will discuss the habitats they occupy, their ecological importance as indicator species, where management has the greatest value, and when management strategies should be implemented when considering herpetofauna as a conservation objective. We will hike through different community types and discuss the species that may occur in these habitats, their significance to their environment, and how various management activities can influence their presence and abundance. Emphasis will be placed on the recently Federally protected Eastern Massausauga Rattlesnake.
David will have hard copies of the Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices for Michigan available for $40 each (please bring cash. This manual is also available for free download online.)
David Mifsud “Turtle Dave,” owner of Herpetological Resource and Management, is a certified professional wetland scientist, professional ecologist, and professional wildlife biologist. He has worked for over 20 years in wildlife biology, wetland ecology, and habitat conservation and management, with an emphasis on herpetofauna. He is an authority in Michigan on conservation and management of amphibians and reptiles. David is Co-chair of the State of Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Technical Advisory board. He also administers the Michigan Herpetological Atlas project and chairs the Michigan chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MIPARC). He serves as an expert on Great Lakes turtles for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Mifsud is the author of the Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices for Michigan and co-author of the upcoming Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region Revised Edition available this summer.
See you there!
Professional Stewards Hikes Planning Committee
The Huron Arbor Cluster of The Stewardship Network
Chelsea, MI 48118