on Sep 13, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5709

Wildlife educator Mike Campbell (far right) at a previous workshop.

Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will facilitate a workshop on native reptiles, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center near New Bern.

Through hands-on fieldwork and classroom presentations, participants will learn basic biology and habitat requirements for snakes, turtles and lizards. This free workshop, conducted in conjunction with Weyerhaeuser, is open to educators, landowners or anyone, 16 and older, who has an interest in reptiles.

“Reptiles play a critical role in wildlife habitats, are fascinating to learn about and sometimes not valued to the extent they should be,” said Jeff Hall, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Snakes, in particular, are often misunderstood or feared. I was once asked ‘Do they sting with their tails’ in reference to a cottonmouth, a venomous species found in the easternmost region of the state. And, by the way, no, they don’t.”

While there is no charge for this workshop, pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Wildlife Resources Commission Educator Mike Campbell at 252-670-0090 or mike.campbell@ncwildlife.org.

Cool Springs Environmental Education Center encompasses 1,700 acres of Coastal Plain ecotypes and is located adjacent to Swift Creek and the Neuse River, between Vanceboro and New Bern on U.S. 17 in Craven County. Cool Springs is actively managed as a working forest to demonstrate forestry practices, while maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat, air quality, water quality, as well as aesthetic, recreational and historical values. It provides a real world setting for hands-on learning about forestry, ecology and environmental issues.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and its conservation partners work to enhance habitats and populations of reptiles and amphibians with funding from the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which supports wildlife research, conservation and management for animals that are not hunted and fished. Although tax check-off donations target projects benefiting nongame animals and their habitats, game species such as deer, turkey and bear also benefit because they share many of these same habitats. North Carolinians can support this effort, as well as other nongame species research and management projects, by:

  • Donating through the Tax Check-off for Nongame and Endangered Wildlife on your state income tax form
  • Registering a vehicle or trailer with a N.C. Wildlife Conservation license plate
  • Donating online at www.ncwildlife.org/GiveDonate.aspx