Symposium: Current research on amphibians and reptiles in the Upper Midwest
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM Tue
Title: Conservation and management of the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) in Wisconsin
Abstract: The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) is a state endangered species and is the only federally listed herptile in Wisconsin. Unlike most rattlesnakes, the eastern massasauga is a wetland-dependent species. Effective conservation and management of the massasauga includes multiple components and a variety of partners. This presentation will provide an update on the species' status, long-term monitoring surveys, historic site surveys, research, and management.
Bio: Rori Paloski is a conservation biologist with WDNR, specializing in herpetology. Her current work focuses on the conservation and research of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, slender glass lizards, ornate box turtles, mink frogs, and Blanchard's cricket frogs; endangered resources regulation; and biotic inventory herptile surveys on state properties.