Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Kittitas Audubon presents 'Exploring how we perceive rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles'
Kittitas Audubon announces its April membership meeting, open to all, on Thursday, April 18, 7 pm at Hal Holmes Center. Dr. Dan Beck, a herpetologist and Biology professor at CWU, will base his talk on an ancient proverb: "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change." He will illustrate that principle with true stories about rattlesnakes and Gila monsters, two of his favorite study organisms. Adding a few other "cool scaly critters" to the mix promises to make this program even more exciting!
Dan grew up in Utah, studied at Utah State University, and worked at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake. He earned his PhD from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and has traveled all over southwestern US and
Mexico working with reptiles, mostly lizards and snakes. For over thirty years his studies have involved a group of venomous lizards, the Monstersaurs, which includes Gila monsters and Beaded lizards, and
about which he has published a book. In teaching biology he has involved students in research pro-
jects on rattlesnakes, and conducted field studies with them in Mexico, studying lizards in the tropical dry forest.
Dan has lived in Ellensburg for almost twenty years with his wife, Kris Ernest (also a Biology professor at Central), and his children Abby and Langdon.
Kittitas Audubon thanks the library for co-sponsoring these meetings. Join the group for visiting and snacks after the program.