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Tyler Christensen: The Hidden Lives of Copperheads @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Mar 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Tyler Christensen: The Hidden Lives of Copperheads @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States

Tyler Christensen: The Hidden Lives of Copperheads

Monday, March 19, 2018, at 8:00 pm

The Northern Copperhead is a reptile of surprising docility, beauty, and complexity, despite its reputation for aggression and perniciousness. It is one of two venomous snakes found in New Jersey (the other being the Timber Rattlesnake), both of which are imperiled in the state. This presentation will highlight an ongoing radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads taking place in the Sourlands of central New Jersey. Their astonishingly cryptic pattern and behavior render them nearly invisible among the leaf litter on the forest floor, making their life histories difficult to study. Radio telemetry has allowed individual snakes to be tracked over multiple seasons, and has revealed a great deal about the state’s southernmost population of these remarkable forest vipers.

Tyler Christensen manages the copperhead radio tracking program through his company, Piedmont Ecological Services, LLC. Tyler is the director of the non-profit Wild Bird Research Group, Inc., and coordinates banding projects studying nearctic-neotropical migrants during the winter months in Costa Rica and Northern Saw-whet Owl migration during the fall in New Jersey. He is currently a board member of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, an undergraduate student of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and a Land Steward for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.