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Kent VanSooy
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Education in action

Post by Kent VanSooy » July 1st, 2012, 7:29 am

A church group is preparing for its annual camping trip in the mountains of SD county, and they're (rightly) concerned about the dangers posed by rattlesnakes, so Bill and I put together a little educational presentation. We started by telling them that snakes are a wonderful part of nature that can and should be appreciated. I then presented a slide show on rattlesnakes. We left them on a positive note by giving them a chance to hold some captives.

We continue to think that this kind of education can make a difference in the way snakes are perceived - hopefully a life-time difference.

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The audience was engagaed....

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What's in this bag?

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Ah ha!

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Of course we made a shameless NAFHA plug.

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This was the first time some of these young people had ever held a snake - we think they'll take away good memories.

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Re: Education in action

Post by hellihooks » July 1st, 2012, 7:54 am

Yeah Buddy! You and Bill (and Steve) rock for doing these types of Ed talks year after year. I've often said that EVERY member should try to give one herp talk a year...
Who's gonna step up and say "I will do one?"
Speaking of which... Josh's Annual Grassy Hollow Herp talk is Sat, 22nd in Wrightwood (San Gabes) Come hear the talk, and spend the rest of the day herping the Gabes. Sounds good to me... :crazyeyes: :D jim

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Re: Education in action

Post by ramblon » July 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

I do a lot of these for work with explorer groups and such and they really do make a difference. Especially having live animals, seems to engage the kids more than talk and photos, getting them to share encounters of their own, many of which where I work (Long Beach) have never been on a camping trip let alone seen a snake in a natural setting...

Cool stuff Kent and Billiam

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Re: Education in action

Post by BlackPearl » July 1st, 2012, 4:35 pm

Bill and Kent,

Thanks so much for stepping in and doing this. It meant a lot to my sister-in-law and the kids.

John

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Re: Education in action

Post by billboard » July 1st, 2012, 6:25 pm

Thanks for the opportunity Yani. Thanks again to you Kent for helping out on such short notice.

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Re: Education in action

Post by Ryan Sikola » July 1st, 2012, 7:57 pm

Don't direct them to the california chapter they might find out where we are looking and go herping there! They might collect a lifer!!!!!


Just kidding this post was awesome, but that boa is fugly!

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Re: Education in action

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 1st, 2012, 8:01 pm

What's in this bag?" Dude, I'm gettin' a Dell... :lol: Sorry, but that guy just looks like him.

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Re: Education in action

Post by Speckled Rosy » July 2nd, 2012, 8:15 pm

Thanks for that analogy Brian..

Good going guys.. Looks like the snakes were a hit!

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Re: Education in action

Post by yolodave » July 2nd, 2012, 9:35 pm

Great stuff! Thanks for getting the word out and creating a new perspective for these young people.

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Re: Education in action

Post by reako45 » July 3rd, 2012, 6:16 pm

Wow! Really cool, guys. Opportunities to educate folks about our passion and the herp world around them is one of the privileges and benefits of this hobby. It's awesome that you guys get to do this.

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Re: Education in action

Post by monklet » July 3rd, 2012, 6:39 pm

Way to go guys. Foreach of those kids, there's probably at least two more that will learn from them. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: 8-) 8-) 8-)

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Re: Education in action

Post by billboard » July 5th, 2012, 1:24 pm

The camera and lighting do no justice to that boa . It has a copper stripe in a light grey- blue background. It is from a town called Valley Center. You could look for years and you would never find one.

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Re: Education in action

Post by socalherper » July 5th, 2012, 2:22 pm

That was awesome ! Very cool Bill and Kent !

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