October Audubon Program

Our speaker for our October Meeting will be Ryan Jorgensen who will present his program entitled “The Reptiles & Amphibians of our Tri-State Region”. Ryan is an expert herpetologist and avid naturalist who is about to complete his Masters Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Ryan’s research at UC is on snakes and particularly their muscular activity during locomotion. Ryan is from Chicago, Illinois where he has had a lifelong interest in natural history and particularly herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians).

This program is actually the second installation of an ASO October themed month on reptiles & amphibians. Make note that Ryan will lead an ASO sponsored field trip to Spring Valley Wildlife Area on Sunday October 9th. The focus of that field trip will be, of course, finding reptiles and amphibians. Details of that field trip can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Ryan’s program should prove to be informative and entertaining. Ryan will present a visual program of most of the reptiles and amphibians that can be found in the Greater Cincinnati area. Ryan will talk about the identification, relative abundance and occurrence, habitats, ecology and conservation of the various species of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders that can be found in our region. The scope of his program will include southeaster Indiana, southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Ryan will also include some areas within a few hours’ drive of Cincinnati, Red River Gorge in Northern Kentucky being one example.

Ryan is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic so don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of the reptiles and amphibians that live among us. We hope to see you there.

Ryan is about to complete his Masters degree in Biological Science at UC where he is specializing in herpetology. His research is on snakes and particularly their muscular activity during locomotion.

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