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Leap into Herpetology
October 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Leap into Herpetology – An introduction to the reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania
“Leap Into Herpetology” aims to educate, promote and highlight the importance of the watershed that runs through the park and its inhabitants that rely on this important water source. This program will focus on “herps,” (short for herptiles) which includes two groups of animals, reptiles and amphibians. Common herp species in our area are frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, snakes and lizards.
The program leader, April Claus, is a local naturalist/educator with a strong background in PA herpetology, who enthusiastically shares her education, knowledge, and the importance of these animals fascinatingly. She has a great sense of humor while introducing her subjects and quickly engages all participants.
All members of the family are welcome, but this outdoor program works best for ages 7 and up. This interactive session consists of hands-on experiences, allowing participants to explore Meeks Run, an important water source located near the pavilion in Montour Woods Conservation Area.
Participants will learn about the importance of creek connections and creating corridors for these animals to migrate safely throughout the greater watershed outside of Meek’s Run. The group will discover how to protect reptiles and amphibians by providing natural cover materials from the forest to construct habitats for them. These are known as “wildlife cribs” or “critter condos” and will benefit many other species in the watershed in addition to local herptiles.
The program will be sectioned into three parts consisting of about 30-45 minutes for each topic: education in the pavilion with live specimens, exploring the creek and a small hike alongside it, and then building habitats for herps. Questions and answers to follow within the time frame available.