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September program,
EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY
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Featured Event —

PIT VIPER NATURAL HISTORY and

FIELD RESEARCH 

Oct. 13, 2017 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

 Alex Bentley will present on the biology, behavior, and life history of pit vipers, in addition to how some of his research is directed towards understanding these mysterious and misrepresented creatures. Pit vipers are a subfamily of vipers and are distinguished by their infrared-sensing loreal pits, among other things. From an evolutionary and biological perspective this taxon represents some of the most highly specialized snakes known to science. Alex will discuss some of the pit viper’s most fascinating adaptations, including infrared heat detection, rattles, and venom. Furthermore, Alex will explain several of his ongoing projects, which involve Rattlesnake tracking with GPS technology and the use of camera traps to study the natural history of an uncommon Ecuadorian pit viper.

 

     Alex, a Salem native, has been interested in snakes since a very early age and has since committed himself to learning more about these organisms via field-based research. He earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish from Wofford College earlier this year, and will be enrolling in a doctoral program in the Fall of 2018. Currently Alex is amidst a gap year in which he has hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, is collaborating in the development of a project to track King Cobras in SE Asia, will be returning to Ecuador to continue pit viper research, and will be bicycling from Canada to Mexico on the Great Divide Trail next Summer.

 



Earth Friendly Friday is a program of the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club and is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact Dan Crawford at dbcrawford@cox.net  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  http://sites.google.com/site/roanokesierra/  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at: http://uuroanoke.org/main/green-team/

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Earth Friendly Friday - UU Church of Roanoke

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