G
oals of the Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Team:
  1. Provide public education and outreach through distributing resource materials, facilitating workshops, promoting media coverage, and forming community partnerships.
     
  2. Conduct research to determine global and local status of the species, define essential habitat requirements, develop habitat maintenance and restoration protocols, characterize genetic population structure, quantify life history patterns
    and ecology and conduct analyses on population viability, risk assessment, human dimensions and economics.
     
  3. Monitor and manage local populations by implementing long-term monitoring programs.
     
  4. Establish a network of shelter areas by surveying potential habitat for undiscovered populations, and mapping and protecting habitat of current populations.
     
  5. Improve communications and coordination through collaboration with the U.S., reviewing and updating the recovery plan as needed, establishing an internet-based communications network, and reviewing and addressing legislation and regulation issues.

THREATS TO THE EASTERN MASSASAUGA RATTLESNAKE

This document will educate readers about the biology and ecology of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, and why the species has declined in such numbers that special protection is required. The snake, like many wild species, is vulnerable to several types of threats. They can be direct threats, such as the purposeful killing of the snakes, and indirect like the destruction of habitat. The massasauga recovery teamís formation and the efforts it has put into recovery have stemmed from these major threats. Through the efforts of the team and private landowners, some of these threats are being reduced.

 


 

Quarries may disrupt natural areas and may prove detrimental to the survival of various local species.

A SNAKE AT RISK

Habitat Loss
Habitat loss, which exerts a significant pressure on populations of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, occurs largely due to development activities. The massasauga has highly specific habitat needs, and unlike some species cannot avoid development by relocating. Rock quarries/aggregate extraction, wetland drainage, and agricultural expansion disrupt the snakeís habitat and increase its risk of mortality.


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