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The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup is a Tradition That Needs to Change

This is our response to an article posted on NPR about the 2020 Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup. If you would like to respond, feel free to use any of our text here or roundup facts from our FAQ. You can email the article’s author, contact NPR to comment on something you read, or ask NPR’s Public …

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Good News for Snakes! Yes, really. The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup happened, but attendance was WAAAY down this year (reported in the hundreds, rather than tens of thousands). That same weekend the Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival was a success. At least seven roundups have cancelled this year’s events! And it seems likely more will do so as …

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January 2019 enews

  We are overwhelmed and humbled by your generosity. In November and December you gave us $3000 to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes!   Surface coal mining is likely destroying timber rattlesnake habitat. Researchers found that areas preferred by timber rattlesnakes are also ideal for coal mining. Another reason to support wildlife-friendly solar? …

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New Year, New Home

Back when Advocates for Snake Preservation was going by the name Social Snakes, we (Jeff and Melissa) were lucky enough to live on a nature preserve, surrounded by snakes. Circumstances changed, we moved back to the city (Tucson, Arizona), but never forgot how amazing it was to live with snakes. Well it took us a …

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Wins for Snakes 2017

The year in pictures. Together we achieved significant victories for snakes this year.   [row] [column md=”6″] We killed HB2022, the Arizona snake-shooting bill! [/column] [column md=”6″] ASP co-founders Melissa and Jeff received the 2017 Jarchow Conservation Award. [/column][/row]   [row] [column md=”6″] Many people found out about rattlesnake roundups through Elizabeth Alberts’ well-researched piece …

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Jarchow Conservation Award

The following is reprinted from the Sonoran Herpetologist, the Tucson Herpetological Society’s membership publication. See the original here. And the 11th Recipients of the Jarchow Conservation Award are: Jeff Smith and Melissa Amarello, Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) [row] [column md=”6″] On the evening of 10 November 2016, the nine previous recipients of the Jarchow …

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Snake Town Hall

For Immediate Release Contact: Dr. David A. Steen Organization: Auburn University Museum of Natural History Email: LivingAlongsideWildlife@gmail.com BIOLOGISTS TAKE TO TWITTER TO ADVOCATE FOR SNAKES A team of experts answer public questions about our slithering friends [row] [column md=”6″] Snakes play a vital role in the environment, but are also the subject of unfounded fears …

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Announcing ASP

For Release May 16, 2014 Contact: Melissa Amarello, (520) 333-6957, mel[at]snakepreservation.org Advocates for Snake Preservation A new nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way people view and treat snakes TUCSON, Ariz.— Long portrayed in myth and media as villains, snakes have a largely undeserved reputation as malevolent creatures. Snakes are threatened by many of the …

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