Events


Meet the people and snakes behind ASP!

Native Reptile Presentations

Where: Tucson Reptile Rescue, 844 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 (map)
When: Saturday August 9th at 10am
What: Advocates For Snake Preservation is very excited to be partnering with our local no-kill, all volunteer, nonprofit reptile rescue center. Melissa will be giving a short presentation on the natural history and behavior of some native snakes: Arizona black rattlesnake, gophersnake, and lyresnake. Live, rescued ambassadors for each of these species will be on display. You can RSVP for this event on Facebook.

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival

Where: Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ (map)
When: Thursday July 31st from 2pm – 3:30pm
What: Melissa presents Social Snakes! And other things snakes aren’t supposed to do

Although generally thought of as solitary, cold-blooded killers, snakes exhibit a variety of behaviors that we typically associate with animals such birds and primates. Caring for their kids and helping out their neighbors are just a couple behaviors captured by our remote, timelapse cameras that you will get to see during this presentation. You may never look at snakes the same way again!
Find out more about the festival here.

 

Past Events

Tucson Herpetological Society

Where: The Recital Hall, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd, Tucson, AZ (map)
When: Tuesday July 15th at 7:15pm
What: Melissa presents Social networking by and for rattlesnakes

Social Snakes? You betcha. I will discuss our study of Arizona black rattlesnake social behavior that Jeff Smith and I presented at Biology of the Pitvipers Symposium. We described the social structure of two communities within a population of Arizona black rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerberus) using association indices and social network analysis. We used remote timelapse cameras and opportunistic observations to semi-continuously sample rattlesnake behavior at communal basking sites during early April through mid-May in 2011 and 2012. We calculated an association index for each dyad (proportion of time they spent together) and used these indices to construct a weighted, undirected social network for each community. Our study is the first to show preferred associations among individual snakes, but to our knowledge it is also the first to use association indices and social network analysis to examine association patterns among snakes.

I then will discuss how our newly formed group Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) is changing the way people view and treat snakes. By focusing on behaviors like sociality, we use the most feared and hated snakes in North America (rattlesnakes) to make an emotional appeal for conservation. I’ll give an overview of our goals, discuss current and future projects, and let you know how YOU can be a snake advocate too.

Elsie S. Hogan Community Library Summer Reading Program

Where: 100 N. Curtis Ave, Willcox, AZ 85716 ‎(map)
When: Thursday 3 July from 10:30am – 11:30am
What: Melissa presents The Secret Lives of Arizona Snakes

Few animals are enshrouded in such mythology and misunderstanding as snakes. Whether they inspire fear and loathing or intrigue and reverence, most of us get a jolt of adrenaline when we cross paths with a snake. I will dispel some myths and reveal facts about snakes that are stranger than fiction. You’ll get a chance to meet some local snakes including a rattlesnake and a very friendly gophersnake. Come see another side of snakes and learn how they’re more like us than you might think. A free program for kids in the library’s summer reading program.

Rattlesnake Family Life

Where: Western National Parks Association, 12880 N Vistoso Village Drive, Tucson, AZ (map)
When: Saturday June 21st from 1 – 2pm

Although generally thought of as solitary, cold-blooded killers, rattlesnakes exhibit a variety of behaviors that we typically associate with animals such birds and primates. Parental care and helping are just a couple behaviors captured by our remote, timelapse cameras that you will get to see during this presentation. And you will have the opportunity to meet some of our native snakes too. You may never look at snakes the same way again!

Pima Public Library Summer Reading Program

Where: Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N Treat Ave, Tucson, AZ 85716 ‎(map)
When: Friday 20 June from 10:30am – 11:30am
What: Melissa presents The Secret Lives of Arizona Snakes

Few animals are enshrouded in such mythology and misunderstanding as snakes. Whether they inspire fear and loathing or intrigue and reverence, most of us get a jolt of adrenaline when we cross paths with a snake. I will dispel some myths and reveal facts about snakes that are stranger than fiction. You’ll get a chance to meet some local snakes. A free program for kids in the library’s summer reading program.

Biology of the Pitvipers 2

BOPV2Where: The DoubleTree Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma
When: 4-7 June 2014

We will be attending the second Biology of the Pitvipers symposium and presenting our latest research, SnakeBook: the Arizona black rattlesnake social network, and introducing our new nonprofit, Advocates for Snake Preservation: the future of snake conservation. You can find out more about this event on their website or Facebook page.

REI Outdoor School

Where: REI Tucson, 160 W Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705 ‎(map)
When: Tuesday 3 June from 6:30 – 8:00pm
What: Melissa presents Social Snakes! And other things snakes aren’t supposed to do

Meet a live rattlesnake and make friends with a gophersnake while learning about the fascinating and unknown lives of native Arizona rattlesnakes. Although generally thought of as solitary, cold-blooded killers, rattlesnakes exhibit a variety of behaviors that we typically associate with animals such birds and primates. Caring for their kids and helping out their neighbors are just a couple behaviors captured by our remote, timelapse cameras that you will get to see during this presentation. You may never look at snakes the same way again!

Read about more past events here.