Friday, June 2, 2017, 1-4pm: Conservation of Rare & Sensitive Herpetofauna: The Who, What, Where, and When of Landscape Management

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
Hike Location: 
Park Lyndon North - 18801 N Territorial Road - Chelsea, MI 48118

***Space is limited to 15 participants - To register please go here: https://www.stewardshipnetwork.org/civicrm/event/info?id=173&reset=1

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. We will emphasize habitat for and protection of the Eastern Massausauga Rattlesnake, recently listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

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. See: http://www.herprman.com/amphibian-reptile-management-practices-michigan

For more background see also: https://www.miherpatlas.org/

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Hike Facilitator: 
David Mifsud
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 the 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.