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Some snakes at Ojibway are implanted with
a small radio transmitter and are tracked
with a receiver. This method of research
helps biologists discover the movements
and preferred habitat of the massasauga.
Photo of a radio transmitter to be
implanted in the snake.
 

Community involvement during talks,
workshops and visits to the Ojibway Nature
Centre aid in snake awareness and conservation.


Scientists have conducted years of research at the Ojibway Prairie Complex, and have gained a better understanding of massasauga habits and habitat requirements. The Ojibway Nature Centre contains live exhibits, including an eastern massasauga rattlesnake and eastern fox snake, and conducts programs for all ages designed to provide information on these snakes. A public outreach program, “Living with Rattlesnakes,” has been presented at local schools and libraries to inform children about snakes.

Media coverage and participation in local events have helped promote the massasauga recovery project and improved public awareness of the massasauga. Local landowners have been very supportive of the massasauga recovery project by reporting sightings and allowing researchers access to their properties.

 

THE OJIBWAY NATURE CENTRE INSPIRES PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT SNAKES THROUGH ITS LIVE EXHIBITS, INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS,
HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS, AND INFORMATIVE BROCHURES.
 
Prescribed burns aid in maintaining the
fragile prairie ecosystem.


P
RESCRIBED BURNS

Prairie environments depend on fire for survival. Periodic spring
burning promotes the early growth of warm season prairie plants, removes the accumulation of leaf litter, and kills invading woody plant growth. The Ojibway Prairie Complex began a long term burn program in 1978, which has been very successful in maintaining the prairie landscape.

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