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Gray Ratsnake: A Frontenac Axis Endangered Species

Presented by Tobi Kiesewalter Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Thursday, January 16th, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists continues its 2019-2020 speaker series, “Over, Under and Through – A Closer Look at Nature” with Tobi Kieswater.

Anyone who has been to Murphys Point Provincial Park will probably recognize Tobi Kiesewalter. He has been delivering interpretive programs as a Discovery Ranger at Murphys Point Provincial Park for almost 25 years. Whether interpreting to families camping in the park, school children or adult groups, his objective is to inspire a lasting connection with the natural world and, specifically, with the unique features protected at Murphys Point. Gray Ratsnakes are one of his favourite park residents to talk about.

The Frontenac Axis population of Gray Ratsnakes is listed as threatened. Over the past 30-40 years, a number of government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals in academia have focused their research, monitoring and education efforts on this population. Tobi’s presentation will be focus on the Gray Ratsnake monitoring and education initiatives that have taken place at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Our Nature Quiz will focus on the snakes found in Eastern Ontario

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. for socializing & refreshments, 7:30 for program
Place: Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St., Almonte

Admission is free for MVFN members (check your membership card). There is an admission fee of $5 for non-members. No charge for youth 18 and under. We always welcome new members.

We hope to see you there!

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