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Events for Thursday June 7, 2018

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands Annual Meeting and Program

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Thursday June 7, 2018
7:30 PM

The Northern Copperhead is a reptile of surprising docility, beauty, and complexity, despite its reputation for aggression and perniciousness. It is one of two venomous snakes found in New Jersey (the other being the Timber Rattlesnake), both of which are imperiled in the state. This presentation will highlight an ongoing radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads taking place in the Sourlands of central New Jersey. Their astonishingly cryptic pattern and behavior render them nearly invisible among the leaf litter on the forest floor, making their life histories difficult to study. Radio telemetry has allowed individual snakes to be tracked over multiple seasons, and has revealed a great deal about the state's southernmost population of these remarkable forest vipers.

Tyler Christensen manages a radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads through his company, Piedmont Ecological Services, LLC. Tyler is the director of the non-profit Wild Bird Research Group, Inc., through which he coordinates bird banding research on nearctic-neotropical migrants during the winter months in Costa Rica and Northern Saw-whet Owl migration and winter ecology in New Jersey. He is currently a Land Steward for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and a board member of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

The meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information and directions, visit


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