Hellbender Presentations

 

I give public and private presentations on the Natural History of the Eastern Hellbender in Pennsylvania.  My presentations cover biology, ecology, scientific research, and the history of human interaction with these fascinating creatures.  The presentations last about an hour and include my personal underwater videos.  If conditions permit, I will bring live hellbenders!  I have my own presentation equipment.

If you would like to have your group considered for a hellbender presentation, please contact me at petokas@lycoming.edu.  Provide information on your group, dates and times when you would like the presentation to occur, and how many will be in attendance.  With travel costs as high as they are, I would prefer to be compensated for travel expenses.

 

Future Presentations

Lacawana Audubon Society, Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, PA.  2:30 PM.  Sunday, February 18, 2010.  Open to the public.

Conservation Biology Course, Stark Learning Center, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  2:30PM.  8:00 AM.  Tuesday, February 23, 2010.  Presentation to students.

Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dallas, PA.  7:00 PM.  Monday, March 15, 2010.  Open to the public.

Black Hole Creek Watershed Association, Location TBA, Montgomery, PA.  7:00 PM.  Tuesday, May 4, 2010.  Open to the public.

Past Presentations

North Pennsylvania Conservancy, Annual Banquet, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 5:30 PM. October 23, 2006.  Presentation to NPC supporters.

Pennsylvania Biological Survey, Amphibian and Reptile Technical Committee, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA.  1:00 PM.  October 24, 2006.  Presentation to technical committee members.

Warrensville Area Lions Club, Regular Monthly Meeting, Warrensville United Methodist Church, Warrensville, PA.  7:00 PM. November 7, 2006.  Presentation to club members.

Lyceum Group, Regular Monthly Meeting, Johnson City, NY.  11:00 AM.  November 8, 2006.  Presentation to group members.

USGS Northern Appalachian Research Lab, Wellsboro, PA.  9:00 AM.  December 21, 2006.  Presentation to lab research group.

Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Annual Spring Conference, Ramada Inn, 1450 South Atherton, State College, PA. March 17, 2007. Conference presentation.  Conference photos and abstracts.

Bergen County Technical School, Hackensack, NJ. 11:00 AM. March 27, 2007. Presentation to Japanese and BCTS high school students.  Presentation photos.

Kettle Creek Valley Outdoors Show, Cross Fork Fire Hall, Cross Fork, PA. 11:30 AM. March 31, 2007. Open to the public.  Exposition admission charge is $3 for adults, children under 12 free.  All admission charges are used to support the Kettle Creek Hose Company and Kettle Creek Ambulance Association.

Keystone Divers, Regular Monthly Meeting, Restless Oaks Restaurant, McElhattan, PA. 2:00 PM. April 1, 2007. Presentation to group members, but open to the public.  Attendees must pay for their own meal.

Montour Preserve, Washingtonville, PA. 7:00 PM. April 11, 2007.  Presentation to watershed association members, but open to the public.

Trout Unlimited, R. B. Winter Chapter, Regular Monthly Meeting, Towne Taverne, Lewisburg, PA. 7:00 PM. April 18, 2007.  Presentation to chapter members, but open to the public.

Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, PA. 7:00 PM. May 23, 2007. Open to the public.  Program admission charge is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers.  All admission charges are used to support sanctuary programs.

3rd Biennial Hellbender Symposium, Oglebay Resort, Route 88, Wheeling, WV. June 12, 2007. Conference presentation.  Conference registration required.

Lancaster Herpetological Society, North Museum, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. 7:00 PM. August 17, 2007.  Presentation to society members, but open to the public.

Cub Scout Pack 88, Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, Loyalsockville, PA. 6:30 PM. September 25, 2007.  Presentation to Cub Scouts, but open to the public.

Trout Unlimited Lloyd Wilson Chapter, Regular Monthly Meeting, Southern Clinton County Sportsman’s Club, Loganton, PA. 7:00 PM. November 2, 2007.  Presentation to chapter members, but open to the public.

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 3:00 PM. November 16, 2007.  Presentation to Faculty and Students, but open to the public.

Lamar Township Elementary School, Mill Hall, PA. 9:00 AM. November 20, 2007.  Presentation to fourth grade class.  Not open to the public.

Fishing Creek Sportsmen’s Association, Hoboken Sub Shop, Benton, PA. 6:30 PM. February 2, 2008.  Presentation follows association annual banquet at 6:00 PM.  Open to members only.  Banquet ticket required.

Keystone Coldwater Conference, PennStater Conference Center, State College, PA. February 22-23, 2008.  Conference registration is required.

Milton Area High School, Milton, PA.  11:00 AM.  February 25, 2008.  Presentation to the Environmental Science class.  Not open to the public.

Fishing Creek Watershed Association, Bloomsburg, PA.  7:00 PM.  March 10, 2008.  Presentation to association members, but open to the public.

Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 2008 Annual Meetings, Ramada Inn, State College, PA.  March 22, 2008.  Conference registration is required.  Co-presented with Brent Hile.

Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks, Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, Hughesville, PA. 6:00 PM. March 29, 2008.  Presentation follows association annual banquet at 6:00 PM.  Open to members and their guests.  Banquet tickets required.

Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, 2009 Annual Meetings, Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA.  April 5-6, 2008.  Conference registration is required.  Co-presented with Brent Hile.

LHUP Divers, Regular Monthly Meeting, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 6:30 PM. April 3, 2008. Open to the public.

Pennsylvania Wildlife: History, Heritage, Ecology and Conservation, King’s College Graduate Course, PPL Energy Information Center, Berwick, PA.  10:00 AM.  July 25, 2008.  Open to the public.

Rose Valley Lake and Mill Creek Watershed Association, Campbell Township Community Building, Calvert, PA. 7:00 PM. August 4, 2008.    Open to the public.

Lamar Township Elementary School, Mill Hall, PA. 1:45 PM. December 9, 2008.  Presentation to fourth grade class.  Not open to the public.

Upstate Herpetological Society, Liverpool Public Library, Liverpool, NY. 2:30 PM. February 21, 2009.  Open to the public.

Lower Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association, Wyoming County Conservation District Office, Tunkhannock, PA.  March 11, 2009.  Open to the public.

Milton Area High School, Milton, PA.  March 24, 2009.  Presentation to the Environmental Science class.  Not open to the public.

Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 2009 Annual Meetings, Ramada Inn, State College, PA.  March 28, 2009.  Conference registration is required.

Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, 2009 Annual Meetings, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, PA.  March 28, 2009.  Conference registration is required.  Co-presented with Andrew Llewellyn.

New York Hellbender Recovery Group, Reynolds Game Farm, Ithaca, PA.  March 31, 2009.  Not open to the public.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, 2009 Annual Meetings, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI.  April 17, 2009.  Conference registration is required.  Co-presented with Andrew Llewellyn.

Fourth Biennial Hellbender Symposium, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin, Kentucky.  June 23, 2009.  Conference registration is required.  Co-presented with Brent Hile and Andrew Llewellyn.

 E-mail: petokas@lycoming.edu

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