Coexisting with Pitvipers Symposium

at Biology of Pitvipers 4
Rodeo, New Mexico, USA

6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday 15 July 2022

A female Western Black-tailed Rattlesnake (yellow rattlesnake with dark brown blotches), hunts against a rock on the steps leading to the front door.
Porter, female Western Black-tailed Rattlesnake, hunts against a rock on the steps leading to the front door.

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.

Biology of Pitvipers 4 logo featuring a white pitviper face on a green background with "Biology of Pitvipers 4 2022" written around it.

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.

There is no additional charge to attend this symposium, but registration is required for Biology of Pitvipers 4. Find out more about the conference and register at their website.