Education Programs

Venomous Reptile Ecology and Safe Snake Handling

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Our board member Dr. Erika Nowak conducts venomous reptile ecology and safe snake handling trainings for local National Park Service staff and other groups (wineries, golf courses, homeonewners associations, and environmental consulting companies). These trainings are based on Erika's almost-20 years of radio-telemetry research on the ecology and management of rattlesnakes and gila monsters in national parks, which has given her a unique perspective on the behavior of these fascinating yet misunderstood animals. Importantly, the trainings include supervised practice using live snakes. Please contact Dr. Nowak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Wildlife Disclosure Statements

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In conjunction with Coconino County, we have distributed Wildlife Disclosure Statements to potential homebuyers in Coconino County.  The brochures, tailored to specific developments involved, provide information on local wildlife to buyers in previously undeveloped areas, where interaction with wildlife is greatest.

Prairie Dog Powerpoints

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We use a powerpoint presentation with adult audiences, such as the biology class of Professor Con Slobodchikoff at Northern Arizona University, the Wilderness Society and Christians for the Earth at Federated Community Church.  The presentation covers the history of Gunnison's prairie dogs in Arizona, some interesting facts on their biology and their crucial role in the prairie ecosystem, as well as the relocation work of Habitat Harmony.

Prairie Dog Life

Click on the burrow images to find out more.

Nursing Chamber

A mother keeps her young pups safe while the other Prairie Dogs investigate the snake.

Entering the Burrow

A prairie dog hears an emergency cry of "snake" and goes to investigate.

Listening chamber

A prairie dog sits listening just beneath the surface of the ground.

The Rattlesnake

The rattlesnake found a prairie dog burrow to sleep in but has been discovered by the prairie dogs.

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