Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Natural History of Little Known Snakes of the Shrub-Steppe with Dr. Robert E. Weaver
Audubon meeting, 7:00 P.M., Thursday, April 17, at the Hal Holmes Center of the Ellensburg Public Library. Jointly sponsored by Kittitas Audubon and the Ellensburg Public Library.
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Three species of rarely seen and poorly known snakes found in eastern Washington will be the focus of Dr. Robert Weaver's presentation. Many are familiar with rattlesnakes, gophersnakes, and even rubber boas, but few have come across a sharp-tailed or ring-neck snake, and even fewer have seen dessert nightsnakes. The natural history of these lesser known species will be discussed, including where they live, their periods of activity, and what they eat. Management and conservation concerns, along with 'why we should care' will also be discussed. Live specimens will be available to view and handle, further enhancing the experience of learning about these amazing snakes.
Robert was raised throughout the Yakima Valley. Graduating from A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, he earned both his BS and MS in Biology from Central Washington University. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in Zoology in 2010 from WSU, he began teaching a variety of biology classes at CWU. He is also one of the lead researchers for the Amphibian Team for I-90 east (Snoqualmie Pass construction area). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Robert continues his research, which is primarily focused on the ecology and behavior of snakes and lizards, along with, salamanders of the Pacific Northwest. Several on-going research projects are being conducted throughout the shrub-steppe of Washington and the high desert of Oregon.
When not chasing snakes and teaching classes, he enjoys spending time with his family…..his wife and two teenagers, plus his parents. He and his father share a special interest in classic car restoration.
This program in one for all ages, so join KAS and bring friends, children and grandchildren.