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Talk on timber rattlesnakes for the Francestown Joan Hanchett nature series

Thursday, November 01, 2018 5:3PM

The Francestown Joan Hanchett Nature Series plans to present “Timber Rattlesnakes - New Englands most endangered vertebrate,” a talk by Tom Tyning on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Francestown Town Hall.

Already gone from two New England states, the Timber rattlesnake is considered endangered in all others, including New Hampshire. Conservation efforts, new understanding of the snakes remarkable behaviors and survival strategies, and a look at the current status of this reptile in new Hampshire will be highlighted in a presentation by returning presenter Tom Tyning.

The talk promises to be an informative and entertaining talk, open to adults and children of all ages!

Tyning has been a Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College since 1999. Before this he was a field biologist and Master Naturalist with the Massachusetts Audubon Society for 24 years. He also served for 15 years as an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Antioch New England Graduate School (Amphibian Biology, Ornithology, Field Entomology, Reptile Biology) and at Springfield College (Ornithology). For 25 years he wrote a weekly newspaper column about nature for the Springfield (MA) Union-News. An authority on New England natural history, his main research interests are amphibians and reptiles. His book, A Guide To Amphibians and Reptiles, was published by Little, Brown and Co. A member of several professional natural history societies, he just recently ended a fifteen-year position as Managing Editor of the scientific journal, Herpetological Review.

Throughout the year he conducts several long-term field research projects on endangered snakes, vernal pools and rare salamander species in Western Massachusetts. Tom received both his BS (Wildlife Biology) and MS (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where he focused on the biology and conservation of the timber rattlesnake.