This month the Northeast Wilderness Trust, Outdoor Guide Elizabeth Lee and Champlain Area Trails continue sponsoring a series of natural history programs about Adirondack wildlife at the Whallonsburgh Grange in Essex, NY.
The series will continue on Friday April 25 at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation entitled Timber Rattlesnakes in Folklore and Fact by Joe Racette. Racette will speak specifically about the Split Rock Wild Forest population of timber rattlesnakes, including recent scientific studies and historical information about the decades when several New York counties offered a bounty for the snakes. In addition Racette will explain the legal protection now covering timber rattlesnakes. There is a suggested donation of $8.
Joe Racette is the New York State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator. He has worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 22 years. Joe’s recent work has included projects on habitat connectivity, colonial waterbirds, Peregrine falcon, Bicknell’s thrush, and Timber rattlesnakes.
Northeast Wilderness Trust is a conservation organization that uses creative partnerships with landowners to protect forever-wild landscapes throughout the northeastern United States. Elizabeth Lee is a NYS Licensed Guide and naturalist from Westport, NY who leads recreational and educational programs throughout the year. Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a non-profit organization that creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality.