September Audubon Program

Over the past 5 years, Dean Alessandrini has converted his yard into a wildlife sanctuary, with emphasis on creating habitats for our native reptiles and amphibians. He now has five species of snakes, two species of salamanders, and six species of frogs and toads residing on his property. In this presentation, he will show you how he accomplished this, and discuss the habits and habitats of many of the “herps” that are native to the tri-state area.

Dean has always had a deep passion for wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles. A lifelong resident of Hamilton county OH, he acted as officer in the Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society (GCHS) for over 10 years, as Vice-President and Conservation Committee Chairman. Under his leadership, the GCHS conducted herp surveys, habitat restoration projects, and various “community conservation” efforts, working to persuade local businesses and private residents to protect critical habitats. In 2013 he decided to create a herp habitat on his own property.

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn left into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Great Parks auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.

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