Center at Fairfield

Living with Rattlesnakes

Lindsay Keener-Eck

Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m.
The Center at Glastonbury
1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT

If you live in Glastonbury, you share your town with rattlesnakes – timber rattlesnakes, to be specific.

They’ve been here as long as people have, maybe longer. Their scientific name, Crotalus horridus – “horrid rattler” says something about how people have viewed them, at least in historic times.

But how have Glastonbury’s current residents learned to live with their rattlesnake neighbors?

That’s the subject of research by Lindsay Keener-Eck, who recently earned her masters degree in natural resources and the environment from the University of Connecticut.

Keener-Eck will discuss what she has learned about the attitudes toward and perceptions of rattlesnakes by local residents, at a presentation scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury.

The cost is $5/person. Click here to register.

Call 860-633-8402 or email for more information. 

Keener-Eck’s background is in both wildlife ecology and the human dimensions of wildlife management. Her particular interest is in individuals’ connections with the natural world, and what conservation means to them.

“I am passionate about environmental outreach,” she says, “and narrowing the gap that currently seems to exist between research scientists/wildlife managers and the general public. I believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to preservation of local resources and I love talking to people about their views on conservation and environmentalism.”

Her findings and insights combine natural science with sociology, and provide a fascinating view into human attitudes towards potentially dangerous wildlife.

She has learned, for example, that not everyone is afraid of rattlesnakes. What might be surprising however is that in some parts of Glastonbury at least, people with a positive attitude toward rattlers appear to be clustered together in certain streets and neighborhoods. Likewise for people who view rattlers less positively.

And she will explain why the last thing in the world a rattlesnake wants to do is bite you – and why it will if it has to. It promises to be a terrific evening.







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