Wellesley Conservation Council on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7pm will host Peter Mirick from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife for a presentation on the snakes of Massachusetts at the Wellesley Community Center at 219 Washington St.
Mirick, a wildlife biologist, will explain the basic role of snakes in the environment, the adaptations they all share in a legless body and the many differences between species in terms of habits, adaptations and evolution. He will also address current conservation concerns regarding our native snakes and how those concerns are being addressed with research and restoration activities. Peter will cover the needless fears many people have in regards to snakes. His main focus, however, will be providing the projected photos and information so anyone can readily identify all 14 of our native species when encountered in the wild.
And yes, he plans to bring a non-biting Red Ratsnake (aka “Corn Snake”) that children and adults can handle.