Monday, April 21, 2014

Timber Rattlesnakes in Folklore and Fact

June copy-Timber RattlesnakeThis 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.


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One Response

  1. Mitch Lee says:

    Here is an Interesting diary entry about them snakes from 1779 in the Finger Lakes while 5000 American troops were marching through and burning Native villages.MAJOR JAMES NORRIS 3rd NH Regt.
    June 19 Marched al 4 o Clock this Morning, & advanced as far as Brinkers Mills 7 Miles, where the Army halted to draw provissions & Refresh themselves, we came through a narrow pass of the blue mountain, calld the Wind-gap, a passage apparently designed by Nature tor a Communication ; and according to the description given by Cornelius Nepos. pretty much resembles the Straits of Thermopylae where 300 Greeks under Leonidas
    checked the progress of 800,000 Persians commanded by Xerxes — After having taken rest and refreshment, the troops marched 9 Miles farther to Learns’s Tavern near Pogono point and encampd, at this place a rattle snake was killd having 7 Rattles on his tail, and a full grown bird in his Stomach, which would seem to confirm the Notion of Snakes having the power of facinating or charming their prey — The Land thro this days march is mountainous, rocky, barren, lf uninhabitable ; but well waterd and the Streams abound- ing with Trouts

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