Local naturalist Matt Heeter will introduce area kids and adults to the amphibians and reptiles of Wisconsin at a meeting of the Winona Bird Club on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main Street, Winona. This program will outline the biology and conservation status of the species that occur within the state. There will also be a live snake shown, including opportunities for a “hands on” experience! Attendees should feel free to ask questions throughout the program.
This session is free and open to kids as well as adults.
Beginning at a young age in the pet industry, Heeter eventually discovered a passion for conservation and began voluntarily assisting the Wisconsin DNR with herpetological research in 2002. He then helped form the Coulee Region Herpetological Society in 2004, which became an ideal public platform for educational programs. He also runs a free public program every Wednesday at Myrick Park Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. called Reptile Roundup. Participants can see how animals are fed and maintained, and also have opportunities to handle some of the critters. For program information call WisCorps at 608-782-2494.