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How to Safely Identify Snakes
Snakes provide important ecological services to humans from eating rodents that could harbor diseases, to reducing agricultural and home landscape insect pests, to regulating natural populations of frogs, lizards, birds, small mammals, and other snakes. Snakes even flip the roles and nourish a vast array of wildlife. We need snakes and nature needs snakes. But many people are uncomfortable around snakes because they don't know what kind of snake they are seeing and they don't know how to find out. Join us for a talk with Jeanne Murphy, Wildlife Biologist with Sensing Nature LLC, to solve this problem.

We will share key features that you should notice when identifying snakes, including body shape, patterns, coloration, habitats, and more. By the end of the program, you will know the skills to safely identify snakes and resources to assist you in your quest. Then with practice, the next time you see a snake, you'll safely identify it and your apprehension will turn into appreciation.

This webinar is recommended for adults and families (suggested ages of 7 years old and up).

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island. Our Friends support the Weedon Island Preserve through education, preservation and protection of its habitats, ecology, and cultural history. Learn more about our Friends at https://friendsofweedonisland.org/.

Jun 2, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jeanne Murphy
Wildlife Biologist @Sensing Nature LLC
As a Senior Wildlife Biologist with over 25 years of wildlife ecology experience and a B.A. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois, Jeanne Murphy co-owns Sensing Nature, a Florida environmental education, ethical ecotourism and nature products company. Falling in love with Florida at a young age through her snowbird grandparents, Jeanne enjoys connecting people with natural Florida by providing outdoor experiences for conference groups; professional trainings for biologists, teachers and informal educators; hands-on field trips for youths; and interactive nature programs for youths, families, and adults. Living in the Tampa Bay area, Jeanne is passionate about instructing the UF Florida Master Naturalist Program courses, being a member of the statewide FMNP Advisory Board, as well as the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists Board, and trying to make positive differences in the state's natural future.