Press Release – Spring 2012 Snake Count
For immediate release, April 27, 2012
Contact: Cameron A. Young, Center for Snake Conservation, (770) 500-000
Center for Snake Conservation Sponsors Spring Snake Count—
A Citizen Science Program Focused on Mapping and Conserving Snakes
Louisville, CO − Following on the heels of its successful Fall Snake Count last September, the Center for Snake Conservation will be hosting a Spring Snake Count from May 12 – 20, 2012, with the goal of annual spring and fall counts in the future to map and track the distribution of snake species. This Citizen Science Program encourages everyday “citizens” to get out in nature, learn about snakes, and promote snake conservation by observing and recording snake species in their local area.
Snakes play vital roles as mid- to top-level predators in our natural ecosystems but they are often misunderstood and feared by humans,” says Cameron Young, founder and executive director of Center for Snake Conservation. Snakes and other reptiles are among the most imperiled vertebrate species in the world—nearly 25% of all evaluated reptile species are endangered or vulnerable, and the status of another 20% has not been assessed due to lack of data.
Data collected during the Spring Snake Count will be used by the Center Snake Conservation to confirm the existence of rare species and provide baseline data to monitor populations of more common species. The Snake Count also serves to raise awareness for snake conservation thereby ensuring that this unique predator will continue to persist in our developing world.
Young encourages families, nature centers, snake enthusiasts, students, local chapters of wildlife organizations, and anyone else with an interest in enjoying and conserving the natural world to become involved and help researchers to learn which species or regions may need focused conservation efforts.
To register for the Spring Snake Count, download a snake count tool kit, become a coordinator, host an event, or just to learn more., go to http://www.snakecount.org/ or contact the Center for Snake Conservation at 770-500-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to participate in the Spring Snake Count and would like to further support snake research, education, and conservation, become a member of the Center for Snake Conservation at http://www.snakeconservation.org/home/memberships.
The Center for Snake Conservation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded dedicated to the conservation of all snakes. The organization’s mission is “to promote the conservation of snakes and their natural ecosystems and implement positive change in human attitudes towards snakes” through education, conservation, and science.