Community Conservation: Reptiles & Amphibians

Learn all about local reptiles and amphibians in this online workshop!

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As a part of our educational theme for the month — Reptiles and Amphibians — join us for an evening talk about local amphibian and reptile conservation projects on Wednesday October 21 at 7:00 pm EST. Almost all amphibians and many reptiles are local threatened or endangered species and face many environmental challenges. Panelists Laura Heady from the Amphibian Migration and Road Crossing Project and John Wnek from Project Terrapin will discuss their exciting community science and conservation work in protecting some of these special cold-blooded creatures.

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About Laura Heady

Laura Heady is the Conservation and Land Use Program Coordinator at the Hudson River Estuary Program through a partnership with Cornell University. Laura has 20 years of experience working on biodiversity initiatives in the Hudson River estuary watershed, creating programs and strategies to help communities, land trusts, and partners achieve successful conservation outcomes. She has an MS degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology from Idaho State University and a BS in environmental science from Rutgers University. Laura will be discussing her work with the Amphibian Migration and Road Crossing Project which engages volunteers from local communities to conserve the ecological diversity of the Hudson River watershed by helping amphibians cross roadways during their critical breeding season. Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project.

About John Wnek

John Wnek PhD, is the Research Coordinator for Project Terrapin. John has worked with terrapins at Island Beach State Park and N. Sedge Island since 2002. He is science supervisor at the MATES School in Manahawkin, and directs terrapin research and the Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program. John is working on diamondback terrapin conservation projects as well as mentoring undergraduate students on various projects related to terrapins and other natural resources at Barnegat Bay, NJ. Project Terrapin is an organization that supports habitat projects throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed and reaches over 6000 people annually. Project Terrapin uses research to develop sound conservation projects and educational initiatives.