Programs are held on the third Monday of each month
Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!
Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534
FYI: There is a new entrance to The Pennington School campus off W. Delaware Ave just a few feet to the west of the old one. It leads to a new parking lot immediately behind Stainton Hall. For now, one can use both entrances, but parking at the new one is less crowded and conveniently close to the rear entrance near the south side of the building.
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.
Stainton Hall Auditorium
Above: Northern Copperhead, reptile of surprising docility, beauty & complexity; Below: Copperhead Radio Tracker, wildlife researcher, and master bird bander, Tyler Christensen
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Assunpink Wildlife Management Area-CANCELLED 3/1018 8:30 am
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area-CANCELLED 3/1018 @ Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Mar 10 @ 8:30 am
A field trip on Saturday, March 10, at 8:30 am, led by John Maret and Andrew Bobe. This is the time to start looking for migrating waterfowl and other northern-bound birds in this productive local[...]
Abbott Marshlands: Beaver Walk 6:30 pm
Abbott Marshlands: Beaver Walk @ Roebling Park at Abbott Marshlands
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Abbott Marshlands: Beaver Walk A field trip on Friday, March 16, 6:30-8:00 PM. Search for beavers and other wildlife that come out only at night. Bring a flashlight. Directions: Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave. turn onto Sewell at[...]
Washington Crossing State Park 1:30 pm
Washington Crossing State Park @ Washington Crossing State Park
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm
A field trip on Sunday, March 18, at 1:30 PM led by Wayne Henderek and Franta Broulik. We will walk trails looking for spring migrants and resident birds in wooded areas and adjacent fields. Directions: Located off of[...]
Tyler Christensen: The Hidden Lives of Copperheads 8:00 pm
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 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[...]
Mercer Meadows Pole Farm 8:00 am