Madison Area Herpetological Society

MAHS Events in 2012!

MAHS Events-2012

With our goal of reaching out to the public to educate people about reptiles, we often are part of local events.  This is a place to see what we are doing and see pictures of our members getting out and educating people.  We also do MAHS sponsored outings for members, which can be anything from a tour of a breeder’s facility to hiking in the area to find local native reptile species.  Check out the stories below from 2012 to see what we did, and what members had to say, along with pictures of our adventures.  These aren’t even all of the events and outreach opportunities we did in 2012! Make sure to check the Calendar for future events!

Private Birthday Party Events!
Dates: Varies
Location: Varies
Did you know that every year, MAHS gets invited to do birthday parties? Yep, we can bring several of our awesome ambassador reptiles and ambassadors to one lucky kid’s birthday to do a show and tell presentation, or even more formal lecture presentation. The special birthday kid also has the option of getting their own shed snake skin or other token from us! No matter how old or young, we love to do birthday parties, and could come to your next one!

Great Lakes Pet Expo
Location: Wisconsin Expo Center, WI State Fair Park, West Allis WI
Date:
February 4th, 2012
MAHS attended the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 4th 2012! We displayed many species of reptiles and amphibians alongside Chicago Herpetological Society, as well as handed out brochures, care sheets, and answered questions on anything herp related.

UW Science Expeditions
Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW Madison
Date:
April 6th, 2012
MAHS attended the UW Expeditions 2012, public celebrations that offer a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities creative exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, debates, workshops, concerts over a period of several days, in a variety of locations throughout the UW Madison campus.

UW Stevens Point Herpetology Society Lab Tour and Behind the Scenes Tour at Garrick DeMeyer’s
Location: UW Stevens Point Trainer Natural Resources Building and Garrick DeMeyer’s Facility
Date:
April 21st, 2012
On Saturday April 21st 2012 MAHS met with members of the UWSP student based Herpetology Society at the Natural Resources Building and giving them an insight/state of affairs regarding happenings leading up to the federal python ban. We then took a behind the scenes tour of UWSP’s two herpetology labs, “The Vivarium” and “Room 410″, to see some unique animals and setups used in educational shows and outreach. From there we headed to Garrick DeMeyer’s Open House. This was a chance to view his 4000 square foot state of the art reptile breeding facility in Wausau WI, and to see and learn about his current cutting edge breeding projects with snakes and geckos. We met to carpool at the Stoughton/Dutch Mill Park and Ride at 10 am.

Wisconsin Reptile Expo Spring Show
Location: VFW Post 7591, Madison WI
Date:
April 22nd, 2012
On April 22nd 2012, MAHS attended Madison’s only captive bred reptile show. This was a great opportunity to come see a wide variety of captive bred animals and be able to converse and educate the people that breed and care for those species and the general public. MAHS also raised awareness of proposed Middleton and Dane County Exotic Animal ordinances as well as holding a Silent Auction and having some games for kids.

Emerson School Family Science Night
Location:
Emerson Elementary School, Madison WI
Date:
April 24th, 2012
On 04/24/12, MAHS held a presentation on Native Herps of WI. We discussed some of the native species of reptiles and amphibians in WI and where you can find them, and what should be done if they are found. We held a quiz game and the winning family won a prize!

Snake Awareness Day
Location: AniMart, Madison WI
Date:
May 14th, 2012
Snake Awareness Day is occurring nationwide, and this was MAHS’ opportunity to do their part. We set up table at Animart on Madison’s east side in order to raise understanding and awareness about these amazing creatures and to educate as many people as we can!

MAHS Spring Field Outing-Southwest Wisconsin
Location: Various Locations in Southwestern WI
Date:
May 26th, 2012
MAHS held a successful and much anticipated field outing to Southwest Wisconsin where we found a diversity of uncommon to rare species of reptiles and amphibians not found elsewhere in the state. MAHS rented a full size passenger van and convened for the outing at 3905 Patrick Henry Way Middleton WI.

Verona Hometown Days
Location: Hometown USA Community Park, Verona WI
Date:
March 9th and 10th
MAHS attended Verona Heritage Days alongside Noellle Tarrant of Zoozort to educate and raise awareness of misunderstood reptiles and amphibians.

Lapham School Presentation
Location: Lapham Elementary School, Madison WI
Date:
June 19th, 2012
MAHS instructed students of Lapham school on how to set up custom designed reptile enclosures “hides” for reptiles.

Exploratio​n Stations for Explorando Las Ciencias
Location:
Warner Park, Madison WI
Date:
June 22nd, 2012
MAHS participated in “Exploring the sciences” with an “education station” featuring live animals and trivia. This was similar format to Science Expeditions, but was a bilingual event with Spanish speaking attendants. The promoters and organizers of “Exploring the Sciences” translated MAHS educational material upon request.

UW WI Alumni Research Foundation Summer Event
Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW Madison, Madison WI
Date: June 28th, 2012
MAHS presented a PowerPoint on the Top 10 Beginner reptiles. This was a 40 minute presentation to one of two groups of approximately 13 kids and their parents.

MSCR Summer Camp at Kennedy Elementary
Location: Kennedy Elementary School, Madison WI
Date:
July 16th, 2012
MAHS presented on the different methods of snake locomotion, and other unique and interesting facts about reptiles and amphibians.

MAHS Wildlife Discovery Center Behind the Scenes Trip
Location: Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, IL
Date:
July 21st, 2012
MAHS visited and took a tour of Rob Carmichael’s Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest IL. The Wildlife Discovery Center (WDC) is a unique combination of nature center, wildlife sanctuary, museum, and biological station featuring high-quality displays of live reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds including raptors, and a bobcat. The WDC is located at historic Elawa Farm along the beautiful Middlefork Savanna in Lake Forest, Illinois. MAHS members and board members carpooled from 46 Collins Ct. Madison WI

UW Baraboo Continuing Education Seminar
Location: UW Baraboo/Sauk County, Baraboo WI
Date:
July 26th, 2012
MAHS provided a lecture/discuss​ion on the diversity of snakes from for 1st and 2nd grade students, and then for 3rd-5th grade students at UW Baraboo/Sauk County!

SEWERFEST Summer Show
Location: Fountain Banquet Hall, Sturtevant, WI
Date:
August 5th, 2012
SEWERFest began in 2001 as a small Midwestern Reptile show. Since then, the annual Sale and Fest has grown in popularity and remains a Summertime (and now Fall!) favorite: Includes a wide variety of diverse captive bred animals Features quality breeders across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and all over the United States MAHS attended to raise understanding and awareness of reptiles and amphibians, and to view animals rarely seen in zoos or museums.

Coyotes, Possums, and Snakes Oh My at the UW Arboretum!
Location: UW Madison Arboretum, Madison WI
Date:
August 8th, 2012
MAHS presented at the UW Madison arboretum on Wisconsin’s native snakes and other reptiles and amphibians, and why these animals are so misunderstood and under appreciated.

Middleton Good Neighbor Festival
Location: Fireman’s Park, Middleton WI
Date:
August 25th, 2012
MAHS attended the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival on August 25th at Fireman’s Park near the Middleton High School! Middleton’s Good Neighbor Festival is three days of live entertainment, games, prizes, food and fun for all ages. The primary purpose was to educate the public, and to raise awareness of misunderstood reptiles and amphibians.

MAHS Fall Field Outing-Central WI
Location: Various Locations in Central WI
Date:
September 8th, 2012
MAHS held a successful and much anticipated field outing to Central Wisconsin where we found a diversity of uncommon to rare species of reptiles and amphibians. It was another successful outing filled with exciting herps and opportunities to see them in the wild!

Pheasant Branch FUN Raiser Festival
Location: Orchid Heights Park, Middleton WI
Date:
September 16th, 2012
MAHS attended Pheasant Branch Conservancy’s annual FUN raiser at Orchid Heights Park in Middleton Wisconsin on September 16th to raise awareness and understanding of reptiles and amphibians. This educational event had have activities for adults and children alike, and there will also be a donation drive for the group “Friends of Pheasant Branch”.

Wisconsin Reptile Expo Fall Show
Location: VFW Post 7591, Madison WI
Date:
September 23rd, 2012
On September 23nd 2012, MAHS attended Madison’s only captive bred reptile show. This was a great opportunity to come see a wide variety of captive bred animals and be able to converse and educate the people that breed and care for those species and the general public. MAHS also raised awareness of proposed Middleton and Dane County Exotic Animal ordinances as well as holding a Silent Auction and having some games for kids.

Wisconsin Science Festival
Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW Madison
Date: September 28th, 2012
MAHS participated in the Wisconsin Science Festival 2012, a public celebration that offered a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities creative exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, debates, workshops, concerts over a period of several days, in a variety of locations throughout the UW Madison campus.

AniMart Petfest/Reptile Discovery Day
Location: AniMart, Madison WI
Date: September 29th, 2012
MAHS participated in its first ever Reptile Discovery Day at AniMart’s PetFest on September 29th. MAHS had a massive presence at Petfest, and will have many live reptiles and amphibians, fun and educational games, trivia, prizes, raffles, and many more opportunities to educate the public and to promote the reptile hobby.

Kiwanis Sponsored Action Club Presentation
Location: Regent Mental Health Group, Madison WI
Date:
October 11th, 2012
The Action Club (supported by Madison West Kiwanis) has invited MAHS to give an educational presentation on reptile inspired engineering!

Madison College Presentation: Reptile Husbandry Issues and Education
Location: Madison College, Madison WI
Date:
October 29th, 2012
On October 29th, MAHS provided an informative presentation on reptile handling and restraint techniques for Madison College’s (Formerly Madison Area Technical College) Veterinary Technician student organization.

Ocooch Mountain Humane Society Paws for the Holidays
Location: Richland Center Community Center, Richland Center WI
Date:
November 3rd, 2012
MAHS attended the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society in scenic Richland Center WI as we presented on the native species of Wisconsin and shared knowledge of reptiles and amphibians while expanding our community presence! Paws for the Holidays also featured a bake sale, digital pet portraits, a silent auction, and a wide selection of hand crafted goods for sale

SEWERFEST Fall Show
Location: Fountain Banquet Hall, Sturtevant WI
Date:
November 11th, 2012
SEWERFest began in 2001 as a small Midwestern Reptile show. Since then, the annual Sale and Fest has grown in popularity and remains a Summertime (and now Fall!) favorite: Includes a wide variety of diverse captive bred animals Features quality breeders across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and all over the United States MAHS attended to raise understanding and awareness of reptiles and amphibians, and to view animals rarely seen in zoos or museums.

Madison East Kiwanis Presentation
Location: Sumo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Madison WI
Date:
November 28th, 2012
MAHS presented a native species lecture/presentation for the Madison East Kiwanis Club!

BioCore Ambassadors Science Nights
Location: Waubesa Intermediate School, McFarland WI
Date:
November 30th, 2012
MAHS attended the BioCore Ambassadors Science night with a table at Waubesa Intermediate School to educate, and raise awareness and understanding of reptiles and amphibians.