Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. — POULTNEY — Attend a free talk on Rattlesnakes in Vermont on Thursday, March 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the 306E East Room, Withey Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney.
Did you know that Vermont actually hosts and harbors rattlesnakes? Doug Blodgett will discuss this reclusive but much-maligned and misunderstood reptile, and its unique contribution to Vermont’s native wildlife community. He will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces as well as the life history of this original Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental U.S.
Doug Blodgett has been employed as a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department for 30 years. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively on game and non-game management programs as well as public and private land management programs. He was the Vermont Wild Turkey Project Team Leader from 1990-2010 and has also assisted on the black bear, deer, moose, furbearer and peregrine falcon research projects since 1984. Doug has travelled to Wyoming and Arizona to participate in on-going mountain lion research programs in those states and has served as the Department’s investigator on the dozens of Vermont mountain lion sightings received annually from the public. Most recently, Doug’s professional interest has focused on reptiles and specifically, rare snake research in Vermont.