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Event: Frogs, ‘manders, Turtles and Snakes: the Reptiles and Amphibians of the Badger Lands

Frogs, ‘manders, Turtles and Snakes: the Reptiles and Amphibians of the Badger Lands
Apr
20

Join us on Thursday evening, April 20, for a lively presentation about the “herptiles” of Badger.

When:  Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm

Where:  Tripp Heritage Museum, 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac

Who:  Mike Mossman (retired DNR ecologist) and Noah Anderson (Associate Professor, UW-Sauk County/Baraboo)

What a biologically rich place Badger is!  Frogs and salamanders breed in shallow kettle ponds, while other frog species and turtles live permanently in deeper pools excavated by the Army.  In the former ammo plant’s concrete water reservoirs, an odd population of gilled “neotenic” tiger salamanders live their entire lives like mudpuppies. Snakes of various sorts live among the grasslands, woodlands, rock outcrops and old foundations. Former DNR ecologist Mike Mossman and UW-Baraboo Associate Professor Noah Anderson love to explore Badger’s wildlife. For this presentation, they’ll team up to talk “herps”– the life histories of reptile and amphibian species that occur on the Badger lands, how natural and human history have influenced their populations, and how we can best secure the future of these fascinating, important, often maligned fellow creatures.  Anderson will also describe his plans for future repatriation of several reptiles.