On September 30, 2016 the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake was officially listed as Federally Threatened under the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act. This designation was the work of dedicated individuals and organizations working for nearly two decades to help protect this cryptic and charismatic species. This protected status has implications at multiple levels in how we work in areas where this species is known or may occur and our approach to conservation and management. The workshop will help provide attendees a basic understanding of this species' natural history, their range, and what are the treats and management needs. In addition a large component of the workshop will focus on what this designation means in terms of permitting requirements from State and Federal agencies, what are potential permitted or regulated activates, and how this species can influence restoration and grant opportunities.
Herpetological Resource and Management
David A. Mifsud is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Ecologist, and a Professional Wetland Scientist. He has been working for 20 years in the conservation field with expertise in amphibians and reptiles and has spent his career advocating for the protection and best management of herpetofauna in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. He developed Michigan’s only salamander monitoring program and has served as an expert on vernal pools conservation in Michigan for over 15 years. He is the Co-Chair of the State of Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Technical Advisory Board and administer of the Michigan Herpetological Atlas. David also serves as an expert on Great Lakes Turtles for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and is also active in global turtle and tortoises conservation. Mifsud is the author of the Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices for Michigan and co-author of the upcoming second edition of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region.