Stacy Foster

Stacy Foster at the Morris Snake Roundup.

Discover “The Secret Behind the Rattle” on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sinnemahoning State Park

Both terrifying and intriguing, the timber rattlesnake is a secretive and shy creature that is unjustly feared by many people. On Saturday, certified timber rattlesnake construction monitor, Stacy Foster, will share the secrets of this surprisingly docile, yet significant, component of the Pennsylvania forest ecosystem.

Foster, who graduated from Penn State Dubois with a degree in wildlife technology and a passion for snakes, is an advocate of using environmental education as a tool to promote the preservation of wildlife, particularly rattlesnakes. During her program on Saturday evening, Foster will introduce the three venomous snakes that can be found in Pennsylvania, provide helpful identification tips to correctly identify these venomous snakes, and detail the natural history of Pennsylvania’s largest pit viper, the timber rattlesnake. Foster will also discuss common misconceptions associated with the timber rattler and share safety precautions that can be easily applied if one encounters this passive creature in the wild.

Concluding the presentation, Foster will give park visitors an opportunity to view up-close a live rattlesnake.

The program will be held indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free program. No pre-registration required.

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