at Biology of Pitvipers 4
Rodeo, New Mexico, USA
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday 15 July 2022
Education and outreach are essential components of any conservation program, especially for those working with maligned, misunderstood animals that pose a potential threat to the public. As lifelong pitviper enthusiasts, it may be difficult to relate to snake-averse people. However, we often find ourselves interacting with the public and want to be effective advocates. This forum will facilitate a discussion about this important, and often overlooked, aspect of conservation.
The symposium will include:
- A brainstorming session where participants contribute to a list of effective outreach practices;
- A panel discussion with people who have extensive experience with various forms of outreach about pitvipers; and
- A presentation on a recent study testing the efficacy of different types of messaging.
At the end of the symposium, we will form a working group of participants interested in contributing to a guide on best practices for pitviper education and outreach to be published in an academic journal.
We encourage everyone to bring a local-to-you libation of choice (e.g., beer, wine, spirits, kombucha) for a beverage exchange – please also bring your own cup. Share beverages while we learn together how to be the most effective pitviper advocates.