Video: Monitoring the Massasaugas
Every spring, zoo scientists head to Michigan to catch up with a population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. Watch a video to see how this wild fieldwork helps a local species in need of conservation.
Since 2009, Lincoln Park Zoo scientists have been monitoring a healthy population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes at a field site in southwest Michigan.
Working with partners from more than 20 zoos, wildlife agencies and Northern Illinois University, the zoo hopes to apply its annual observations toward efforts to restore the reclusive species in northern Illinois—part of its native range where it's endangered due to habitat loss.
In this special field report, Vice President of Conservation & Science Lisa Faust, Ph.D.—the project's field conservation advisor—provides an overview of the team's efforts during its most recent trip to Michigan.