Madison Area Herpetological Society

MAHS Events in 2017!

 

MAHS Events-2017

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 2017 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 2017! 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!

Saturday Science at the WID-Adaptations and Survival!
Date: Saturday, January 7th 2017
Location: Discovery Building, Madison WI
We only got a few shots of the table before the event began, but that’s because this kickoff event for 2017 was AWESOME, as we had a non-stop line at January, 2017’s Saturday Science event! Emphasizing on adaptations and survival, we were on hand with some of our scaly friends to help dispel fears and myths about them, and what traits, features, and adaptations each unique animal has for living in the environments they are found in. It was another awesome event, and a great way to start off 2017!

MAHS at Pets Supplies Plus!
Date: Varied, Monthly
Location: Pets Supplies Plus, Fitchburg WI
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MAHS (and USARK) educational table and display at the grand opening event at Pets Supplies Plus in Fitchburg today on January 8th and cast their chip in for us with their purchases. It was a great way of spreading the word in the community as we gained additional MAHS interest. Be sure to look for us again at Pets Supplies Plus soon! Now monthly on the last Sundays of each month!

Monthly MAHS Education Tables at PetsMart Madison East and West, and Now Green Bay
Location: PetsMart, Madison WI East and West, and Green Bay WI
Dates: Saturdays Monthly.
MAHS announces that it now is holding an educational table and display at PetsMart-Madison WI West from 10 am to 2 pm each month. Store associates and shoppers had the chance to see and learn about many unique reptiles and amphibians, as well as what we do in the community, and how to become more involved with herps! We look forward to being at Petsmart again next month!
Updated Announcement! We are proud to announce that we will now be hosting monthly education tables at Green Bay WI’s PetsMart location! Be sure to look for other locations soon as we work to establish them!

Falk Elementary Family Science Night!
Location: Falk Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
MAHS was over at Madison’s westside Falk Elementary for our first Family Science Night of 2017! Hosted and organized by the UW Madison, Family Science nights allow for kids, teachers, and their families to explore dozens of different educational and hands on exploration stations. MAHS was there of course with a few of our scaly reptile friends to promote all aspects of their education and conservation. We hope to see you at another family science night soon!

Arboretum Elementary Family Science Night!
Location: Arboretum Elementary, Waunakee WI
Date: Friday, January 27th 2017.
It was another AWESOME family science night over at Waunakee’s Arboretum elementary as we showcased several of our amazing reptiles! It was a great turnout tonight, and even area teachers wanted in on more of the action! MAHS was the talk from around the event! We can’t wait until the next family science night! The best part of the evening’s school show at Arboretum Elementary was when one of the head teachers/event organizers came over to the MAHS table and talked about how she had a special classroom pet lizard (didn’t say what species) and loved being showed all of the different herps on display. She came back a couple of times during the event and at the end and grabbed all of the handouts. That was what made our night tonight. We’d call that a win.

MAHS at the Wisconsin Regional Science Bowl!
Location: UW Madison Engineering Hall, Madison WI
Date: Saturday, January 28th 2017.
It was another great afternoon at the UW Madison College of Engineering as MAHS was there as part of Wisconsin’s regional science bowl with different science related activities for over 90 area middle schoolers. Check out some of the photo recap from the event!

MAHS at the Dubuque Sports and Recreation Festival
Location: Grand Rapids Center, Dubuque IA
Date: Saturday, January 28th 2017
Today, January 28th, MAHS was in Dubuque, IA. That’s right, IA! We attended the Sports & Recreation Festival at the Grand Rapids Center and had a blast hanging out while educating about reptiles and amphibians! There were loads more games and other fun activities for both kids and families alike as well! Live stage performances, silent auctions, and even an educational presentation or two were also highlights of this event! If you are in the Dubuque, IA or southwestern WI region, be sure to look for MAHS again soon at an event near you!

MAHS at the Great Lakes Pet Expo
Location: Wisconsin Expo Center, WI State Fair Park, West Allis, WI
Date: Saturday, February 4th 2017.
It was another AWESOME turnout at one of the largest events we attend each year as nearly 14,000 people came through the doors on Saturday’s Great Lakes Pet Expo! There was over 8,000 square feet of reptile displays, education, and interaction thanks to Cindy Steinle and Small Scale Reptile Rescue. Also new this year was a stellar venomous reptile display and venom extraction demos, including from a 14′ king cobra from MicrurusToxins! Zilla Products was also there with some awesome raffles and giveaways, as well as FrogLady Presentations, Habitatattitude, and of course how to become involved in defending your rights with USARK – United States Association of Reptile Keepers. We also managed to raise $625 in photo shoot donations! Great work to all who worked the photo booth, which was exceptionally busy through much of the show. Be sure to check out the photo recap below, and if we missed anyone, let us know! Thanks to all of the volunteers and event photographers for making this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo a success!

Ronni Bingham’s Birthday Party!
Location: Beloit, WI
Date: Sunday, February 12th 2017.
It looks like it was a blast with reptiles over at one of our junior members, Ronni Bingham’s 6th Birthday party this past Sunday! Check it out! This could be your next birthday party!

Reptile Detention at Monona Grove High School!
Location: Monona grove High School, Monona WI
Date: Thursday, February 16th 2017.
Reptiles took over the Monona Grove High School’s Science Club! We had a blast coming in to one of our dedicated member’s schools to show and talk all about them, and we even changed a few minds by getting some students to hold a reptile for the first time. It was another awesome event, and we look forward to being back soon!

MAHS at the PetsMart National Adoption Weekend!
Location: Madison WI and Nationwide
Dates: Variable; Four times yearly
MAHS participated in PetsMart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend on Saturday with interactive tables and displays, as well as opportunities to see and learn more about many of our animals, our rescue and adoption services, plus how to become more involved and much more!

Private Birthday Party, DeForest WI
Location: DeForest, WI
Date: Saturday, February 18th 2017
It was another very lucky kid’s 5th birthday, as we came to DeForest WI to celebrate with them, reptile and MAHS style! We always love doing birthday parties, and we could be at YOUR next birthday party or event! Great job for covering this event, Jeremy Arrington!

MAHS at Love the Animals Day!
Location: Adams-Friendship Elementary School, Adams WI
Date: Saturday, February 18th 2017
It was a weekend packed with events, as MAHS was also at the Adams-Friendship Elementary School for their Love the Animals Day! Kids, parents, teachers, and families alike had the opportunity to see, touch, and hold several of our reptiles, in addition to many other family fun games, prizes, and activities! Some of the animals we bought had even endorsed one of our sponsors, Zilla! Some of the animals we bought had even endorsed one of our sponsors, Zilla! This event was a blast, and we look forward to being back next time!

MAHS at Mound’s Pet Food Warehouse!
Location: Varied
Dates: Once Monthly
We were at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse in Middleton today, and although things weren’t too busy, we managed to spread the word all about reptiles and amphibians, and store associates were ecstatic to see our snakes! We also raised interest in our membership and meetings among several visiting kids and their families as well! It was a great day for sure! Be sure to look for us again each month at a Mound’s location near you!

MAHS at Saturday Science-Aldo Leopold and Nature!
Location: Discovery Building, Madison WI
Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
Check it out! More outreach and education over at the Discovery Building for their Saturday Science program all about nature and Aldo Leopold.

MAHS at Portage Community School!
Location: Portage Community School, Portage WI
Date: Monday, March 6th 2017.
Last night was another amazing night of family science education and reptiles as MAHS was at the Portage Community School Family Science Night! We had lots of amazing animals on hand for kids, teachers, and families alike to see and learn more about! These events are always a blast, and we look forward to the next one! Thanks for the photos, Jaylynn Evans!

Hawthorne Elementary Science Night!
Location
: Hawthorne Elementary School. Madison WI
Date: Tuesday, March 7th 2017
On Tuesday, March 7th, MAHS was back at Hawthorne elementary for their annual family science night! It was a blast as we spent the evening educating about reptiles, what MAHS does, and why these amazing animals should be conserved. Family science nights at local schools are always a blast, and we look forward to the next one!

MAHS at Exploration Academy!
Location: Exploration Academy, Verona WI
Date: Wednesday, March 8th 2017
We were at Verona’s Exploration Academy today for another one of our renowned animal show and tells! There were over 40 students, and teachers who had the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about these animals, and several were even proud of themselves for overcoming their fears of snakes and other reptiles! It was another job well done, and we look forward to being back soon! Thanks for providing photos recapping the event Jeremy Arrington!

MAHS at Poynette Elementary Family Science Night!
Location: Poynette Elementary, Poynette WI
Date: Friday, March 10th 2017
It was another awesome, and amazing night of family science night fun and education at Poynette Elementary family science night hosted by the UW Madison Biocore Outreach Ambassadors! A few of our dedicated members were on hand to help educate all about reptiles and amphibians, and kids and their families even had the opportunity to see, touch, and hold some of our amazing animals! It was another great night! Thanks for the photos, Jaylynn!

MAHS at Habitattitude Pet Surrender Event!
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna/Appleton WI
Date: Saturday, March 11th 2017
The MAHS-Fox Valley chapter and its members were out in force again at the Habitattitude’s Pet Surrender and Rescue event, hosted by the Green Bay Aquarium Society at the 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Appleton! We were there to show off and educate about several of our demo animals, as well as provide another area resource and option for unwanted pets and surrenders. It was a great event to attend, as we continue to network in the area and build up our Fox Valley chapter!

MAHS at the Waunakee Family STEM Event!
Location: Waunakee Community High School, Waunakee WI
Date: Saturday, March 11th 2017
MAHS and its members were also out at the Waunakee Community High School for their annual Family Science and STEM event hosted by the Waunakee Public Library! We showed several of our awesome ambassador animals, and even had the neat opportunity to see Waunakee’s technological innovation center! It was another great day to be out in the community, and we even stopped by the Waunakee library afterward to grab some additional books for our library!

Reptile Rampage!
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest IL.
Date: Sunday, March 12th 2017.
Reptile Rampage is a one day reptile educational event hosted and organized by the Wildlife Discovery Center (WDC) in Lake Forest IL. Featuring several scientific, educational, and rescue organizations from around the Midwest and hundreds of reptiles and amphibians for over 1700 visitors and attendees to see, touch, and learn about, Reptile Rampage was certainly the place to learn about reptiles and amphibians over the weekend. And for kids and adults alike, there were also crafts, fundraisers, and much more. Check out our photo recap of the event!

MAHS at Mighty Con 2017
Location: Monona Terrace, Madison WI
Date: Sunday, March 19th 2017
All sorts of different characters, such as Kylo Ren, came descended upon the Monona Terrace today for Madison’s Mighty Con event! There were all sorts of different comics, anime, and of course reptiles for visitors and staff alike to see and learn about. We always enjoy doing anime convention cons, and look forward to the next one! Thanks to the Mighty Con staff for lending us space at this event, and we hope to return again soon!

Midvale Elementary Science Night!
Location: Midvale Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.
MAHS was back out at Madison’s west side Midvale Elementary for their family science night! It was another awesome night of showing and educating about reptiles and amphibians, and kids, parents, and entire families alike enjoyed the experience. We always enjoy doing family science nights!

Notre Dame Academy School Event
Location: Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay WI
Date: Friday March 24th 2017.
MAHS’ Fox Valley Chapter was up at Notre Dame Academy today in Green Bay with several reptiles and invertebrates! Members showed off and educated all about these awesome and amazing animals, and continued to raise interest and involvement in our Fox Valley Chapter. Great work everyone! Here is a photo recap from the event by Raija Hansen:

UW Waukesha STEM Event!
Date: Saturday, March 25th 2017.
Location: UW Waukesha, Waukesha WI.
On Saturday, March 25th, MAHS was also at UW Waukesha for their STEM event hosted by the campus’ continuing education department. Consisting of two separate 1 hour lectures, or presentations, MAHS was, like always, happy to show and educate all about the basics of reptiles and amphibians, what makes each group different & unique, and much more! Although each of the individual class sizes were small, this was a valuable event for MAHS to partake in overall in working with universities from around the state of WI.

UW Madison Science Expeditions
Date: Saturday April 1st 2017.
Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW Madison, Madison WI
On Saturday April 1st, 2017, MAHS once again participated in Science Expeditions! Hosted by members of the campus scientific community including students, faculty, and staff, this event had over 90 exploration stations and many other hands-on activities for kids and families that invite visitors to experience science as exploring the unknown, develop their science knowledge, and learn about the fascinating research happening every day at the University of Wisconsin. MAHS looks forward to doing the Wisconsin Science Festival in the fall as well as future Science Expeditions events!

Science Night at Glendale Elementary!
Location: Glendale Elementary School, Madison WI.
Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017.
On Tuesday, April 4th, MAHS was back at Glendale Elementary’s Science Night and Festival to raise knowledge and awareness of amazing reptiles and amphibians! Kids and their families had the opportunities to see, touch, and learn about several of our snakes, as well as how to become involved in a herp society! We always enjoy doing family Science Nights!

McNeel School STEAM Night!
Date: Wednesday, April 12th 2017.
Location: McNeel Intermediate School, Beloit WI.
On Wednesday, April 12th, MAHS was at the McNeel Intermediate School’s STEAM night in Beloit Wisconsin! Kids, families, teachers, and other visitors had the chance to see a couple of our amazing scaly friends and learn more about what MAHS does in the community, as well as the how’s and whys of why reptiles and amphibians are important to our environment and to society! We look forward to yet even more events in the future with the Beloit school district!

Clark Street Community School Spring Showcase!
Date: Thursday, April 13th 2017.
Location: Clark Street Community School, Middleton WI.
MAHS was recently back out in Middleton for Clark Street Community School’s Spring Showcase, featuring the Middleton Youth Center and several supporting and partnering organizations promoting science, education, and outreach. We had a blast as usual at this event showing off some of our education animals, as well as raising awareness of proper reptile care and conservation, plus more! Keep up to date on our calendar on our website or on Facebook for even more updates on upcoming events we have planned!

Madison Bird & Nature Festival!
Date: Sunday, April 16th 2017
Location: Warner Park, Madison WI
We did it again! MAHS was one of the most popular tables over at Warner Park’s Bird and Nature Festival this Easter Sunday! We had a few of our awesome animals on hand, and even gained a few new and very interested potential members wanting to attend meetings! It was a great day for reptile education overall! Check out a photo recap from the event!

Immaculate Heart of Mary Science Night!
Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017.
Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Monona WI
Family Science Nights continued on into this week with the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Science Night being held on Thursday, April 20th! These short, yet fun events are a great way of encouraging kids, their families, and teachers to become more aware and involved with science, and in this case, reptiles! We look forward to the next science night!

Week of the Young Child Science Night!
Date: Friday, April 21st 2017.
Location: Levi Leonard Elementary School, Evansville WI.
MAHS returned yet again to celebrate Week of the Young Child Science and Family Adventure Night in Evansville WI! There were many awesome, hands on games, activities, and of course, reptiles for kids and families to see, enjoy, and learn more about. We always enjoy science nights at local schools and look forward to doing future ones as well! Great work, Rebecca!

Family Adventure Day!
Date: Saturday, April 22nd 2017.
Location: High Marq Environmental Charter School, Montello WI
It was Earth Day today, and a great day to get one’s inner snake love on at MAHS’ third annual High Marq Environmental Charter School Family Fun Day (2017) in Montello WI! We were on hand with several of our snakes and other reptiles to teach and educate all about them from what to do when a native species is found and which ones might live in the area, to how and where some of our more exotic species live, plus lots more! We definitely look forward to this and other events in the area soon!

Emerson Elementary Science Night!
Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Location: Emerson Elementary, Madison WI
Science Night at Emerson Elementary has just concluded, and it was a night full of fun science education with reptiles! Even local school shows are not any less important, as it can never be known which kids who have had positive exposure to reptiles will become the next doctor, lawyer, teacher, or city councilperson, mayor, or even state representative. Check out some of the photos from the event!

Family Fun Science Night at Huegel Elementary!
Date: Tuesday, April 27th, 2017
Location: Huegel Elementary, Madison WI.
Huegel Elementary School in Madison WI recently held its annual Family Fun Science Night on Tuesday, April 27th, and MAHS was back! We were there to show and educate about some of our animals to attending kids and their families, why they’re so awesome and amazing, how to join and be a part of what we do in the community, and much more! We always look forward to doing family science nights! Be sure to look for us at more upcoming events at area schools and community centers!

MAHS Participates in Citizen Science Day/Month!
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Location: UW Arboretum, Madison WI
MAHS has kicked off a new series of volunteer opportunities designed to put their field herping and identification skills to the test! While every day is citizen science day, this opportunity provided MAHS members to go out to local parks and other natural areas in search of cool finds to document later on INaturalist and other citizen science monitoring websites and apps! How cool! Being a citizen scientist is fun and easy, and we might just make a new discovery or two!

John Muir Elementary Science Night!
Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Location: John Muir Elementary, Madison WI
MAHS was invited out to John Muir Elementary MUIREKA family science night event! It was another blast as usual as we showed and educated kids and their families all about reptiles! Thanks for having us out!

Environmental Conference at Spring Harbor Middle School!
Date: Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Location: Spring Harbor Middle School, Madison WI
MAHS was out at Spring Harbor Middle School for their annual Environmental Conference! Consisting of two groups of around 70-80 students, we educated in force on topics all about the conservation, education, and captive care surrounding reptiles and amphibians! We had a blast, and we look forward to attending even more school events in the future!

UW Waukesha GEMS!
Date: Saturday, May 6th. 2017
Location: UW Waukesha, Waukesha WI.
On Saturday, May 6th, MAHS was back at UW Waukesha for their annual GEMS (Girl’s Education, Math, and Sciences) event! We spent the day educating girls and their families all about the different groups of reptiles and amphibians, why they are so amazing, and why conserving them is so important! Thanks to the UW Waukesha Continuing Education department for inviting us out today! Here is a photo recap of the event.

Native Species at the Ridges Sanctuary!
Date: Saturday, May 6th 2017
Location: The Ridges Sanctuary, Bailey’s Harbor WI
MAHS-Fox Valley Chapter was out in action today at the Ridges Sanctuary! We held an educational, interactive, and entertaining native species presentation all about the reptiles and amphibians one may find right here in Wisconsin! Afterward, we bought several of our education animals for visitors to see, touch, and hold, as well as learn more! This event was a success, and we look forward to being back! Check out a couple of the photos from the event!

Fox Valley BioBlitz Event!
Date: Saturday, May 13th 2017.
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna, WI
On Saturday, May 13th, the 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna WI hosted a BioBlitz Citizen Science event! MAHS members, including our Fox Valley Chapter, were invited to attend and participate, and it was a blast from the photos we’ve seen! This was a chance for you to get to be the scientist in photographing and documenting plants, animals, fungi, and more! Be sure to stay on the lookout for more citizen science events members can participate in in the future!

Aldo Leopold Foundation Open House/Family Fun Day!
Date: Saturday, May 20th 2017.
Location: Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo WI
Reptile fun and education rolled into one! It was a fun day at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, minus the rain, as kids and their families came by to learn about the many conservation organizations in the area! Look at these kids overcoming their fears of snakes!

Family Food Fest-Madison WI
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Location: Lincoln Elementary, Madison WI
Family Food fest, organized by the Reap Food Group, was a family fun event at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison! Local schools, community organizations, and businesses were on hand to promote healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and other useful community resources! We are, of course, on hand with a few of our reptiles to educate about the role these misunderstood animals play in the environment, their benefits to humans, and agriculture! Although it was cold, windy, and drizzly out, we always appreciate the opportunity to come out, and hope to attend this event again next year!

Harrison Elementary Show & Tell!
Date: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
Location: Harrison Elementary School, Janesville WI
We had another fun and amazing time presenting to a lucky MAHS Junior Member’s class, Ronni Bingham at Harrison Elementary today! Kids also had the chance to see, touch, and hold several of our reptiles and learn more about our Kid’s Herpetological Society as well. Be sure to look for us at even more school events in the future!

MAHS Spring Field Outing-Southwest WI
Date: Saturday, June 3rd 2017
Location: Southwestern WI
Another MAHS spring Field outing has come and gone, and it was a great day out in the field. Perhaps the highlight of many who attended was this Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis spiloides). Other species found included Eastern garter snakes prairie ringneck snakes, American toads, and a few other frog species. Although it became too hot out to find much else after the first location, it was nevertheless a great way of spending the day out! Thanks to all who attended and offered to drive. Our next field outing will be this fall to Central WI. We hope to see e everyone then!

MAHS at Portage Canal Days
Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Location: Downtown Portage, Portage WI
It was a great day in Portage Wisconsin today, as family friendly and fun activities took over downtown Portage today for Portage Canal Day. There was plenty of live entertainment, kid’s and family activities, and of course MAHS was several of our best desert, and heat loving animals to go along with the hot day today. It was another great event, and we look forward to the next event hosted by Fiorella Nella!

Wehr Nature Center Reptile Day!
Date: Sunday, June 11th 2017.
Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin WI
Another Reptile Day has taken place, and despite the warm weather out, was another success! Reptile Day was an educational, family fun event featuring dozens of native and exotic reptiles, kid’s arts and crafts, guided herp hikes, and more! MAHS was a hit at this event as we educated all about these amazing animal. We’re becoming more active in the Milwaukee and Southeastern WI region, so be sure to look for us at more events in the near future! Here are some photos from today’s event! Thanks to all participants and volunteers who came up to help and show their support for MAHS!

LC PetFest
Date
: Saturday, June 17th 2017
Location: LC Pets, Hartland WI
LC Pets Petfest has concluded, and MAHS as well as USARK had a strong presence at this event. We were there to educate event goers on all aspects of herps, as well as to raise awareness and community presence throughout Wisconsin! We would like to thank Sam Thies and LC Pets ownership for organizing this event and for inviting us!

Sauk County Humane Society Annual PAWS Walk/Run!
Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Location: Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo WI
This event today went to the snakes (as well as dogs, since we have to include those in there too)! MAHS was invited back to the Sauk County Humane Society’s annual PAWS walk/run to educate event goers all about reptiles and amphibians, how to properly take care of them as pets, how to best conserve and protect them in the wild, and much more! As usual, we had several of our slithering and scaly friends to help alleviate fears (which happened several times today during this event)! This event was a blast, and we enjoyed getting out in today’s gorgeous weather and educating all about our favorite animals!

MAHS at Pet World Warehouse’s 40th Anniversary!
Date: Sunday, June 24th 2017
Location: Pet World Warehouse Outlet, Greenfield WI
On Sunday, June 24th, MAHS helped celebrate Pet World Warehouse Outlet’s 40th anniversary at their Greenfield location as we continue to spread our presence in the Milwaukee area and throughout WI! We had several of our animals on hand for store guests to see and learn about, as well as more information about MAHS and how to become more involved!

MAHS at Animal House Pets & Supplies
Date: Saturday, July 1st and 29th.
Location: Animal House Pets & Supplies, Mukwonago WI
MAHS was recently back out at one of our sponsors, Animal House Pets & Supplies in Mukwonago WI on 7/1 and 7/29 to show our support! It was a great day of hanging out at one of the newest (and coolest) specialty pet stores in the area as we showed and educated event goers some of our awesome and amazing scaly friends that members and volunteers bought that day. We always look forward to being back out at Animal House in the future!

Free Science Thursday-Reptiles & Amphibians!
Date: Thursday, July 6th 2017
Location: Camp Wingra, Madison WI
It was a great Free Science Thursday at Wingra Boats as part of Camp Wingra! Reptiles made this their most well attended event with over 100 in attendance! We had a great variety of animals, and great turnout! We definitely look forward to being back next year!

Aldo Leopold Foundation Brown Bag Seminar-Native Species!
Date: Friday, August 7th 2017
Location: Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo WI
MAHS made a return trip up to the Aldo Leopold Foundation near Baraboo for one of their weekly Brown Bag guest speaker seminars! We presented all about our native species, including salamanders, frogs & toads, turtles, snakes, and more! It was a blast, and we look forward to being back there soon!

Natural Resources Foundation Reptile and Amphibian Fundraiser Event
Date
: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Location: Tyranena Brewing Company, Lake Mills, WI
Over $1000 was raised today in support of herp conservation in Wisconsin through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Fund event today in Lake Mills WI. Very well done! Check out a few of the photos.

Bugs and Creepy Crawlies Birthday Party!
Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017.
Location: Rio, WI
It was one four year old’s’ buggy birthday today as we had lots of awesome and amazing invertebrates (as well as a few reptiles) on hand! Great job to our volunteers who made this birthday party possible. And don’t forget, we also do birthday parties as well, which means you can have us at your next party!!!! *Photos by Brooke.

Milwaukee Public Library-Care of Magical Creatures!
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Tippecanoe Branch
Harry Potter’s Birthday came to life on Monday, July 31st, as we came in to the Milwaukee Public Library’s Tippecanoe Branch to celebrate with several magical reptiles and other animals! It was a fun event, and the library’s patrons had great fun in personalizing their experiences with the animals by naming them after Harry Potter characters! We look forward to continuing to work with the Milwaukee Public Library on more outreach events!

MAHS at SEWERFEST
Date: Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Location: Fountain Banquet Hall, Sturtevant WI
Another awesome and amazing SEWERFest has wrapped up, and it was once again a success! In case you missed it, the show was packed and full of fun with animals, vendors, and attendees! Some of the vendors included Animal House “Pets & Supplies”Captive Bred SpecialtiesSupreme Gecko- leopard geckos, crested geckos, and reptile supplies,Grossboy ExoticsZilla Products, and many others. We’d like to thank each of these, plus the show’s hosts Shane Ager and Aaron LaForge for inviting us out again. It was a great show, and we look forward to the next SEWERFEST in November. Here are just a few photos recapping the show.

FISH Homeschool Network Ice Cream Social
Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Location: Church of Christ Memorial, Fitchburg WI
We were recently at the FISH Homeschool Network’s open house and ice cream social again, and it was a lot of fun as usual! We educated parents, kids, and teachers all about reptiles and amphibians, and we even made some new converts as well!!! There was also a free book and educational material drive in which we obtained some book donations for our library. Thanks FISH Homeschool network for hosting, and for inviting us out again.

MAHS at the Sauk County Humane Society Summer Camp!
Dates: Wednesday, August 16th 2017.
Location: Sauk County Humane Society, Baraboo WI.
MAHS presented at the Sauk County Humane Society’s Critter Camp 2017 in Baraboo WI. Critter Camp is an animal-themed summer day camp at the Sauk County Humane Society. Each week includes animal-related educational activities, animal interactions, visits from special guests, field trips, and more. Campers also complete service projects to benefit shelter animals. MAHS was involved with a presentation on the top 10 beginner reptiles as well as basic reptile care and education!

MAHS at the Animal Hospital of Oshkosh Open House
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2017.
Location: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh, Oshkosh WI
On Saturday, August 19th, Fox Valley area members and representatives attended the Animal Hospital of Oshkosh’s open house event! We had several different reptiles for visitors to see, touch, and even hold, and there were plenty of opportunities to promote proper reptile care and husbandry, as well as conservation of native species as well. We look forward to working with the Animal Hospital of Oshkosh and many more events in the Fox Valley area in the future. We also reported at least a dozen or more prospective new members as well!

MAHS at Pets Supplies Plus-Treat Your Teach!
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2017.
Location: Pets Supplies Plus, Fitchburg WI
On Saturday, August 19th, MAHS was back yet again at Pets Supplies Plus in Fitchburg for their Treat Your Teach event! This event was designed to help raise funds for school supplies for the upcoming school year for the Verona Area School District, and was another great way MAHS was involved in helping to give back to the community. We look forward to being at PSP again soon!

Waunakee Area Kid’s Expo!
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.
Location: Waunakee Intermediate School, Waunakee WI
On Wednesday, August 23rd, MAHS was back at the Waunakee Intermediate School for the Waunakee Area Kid’s Expo! There were tons of family fun games, prizes, and other activities going on, and that of course included some interactions with a few of our amazing animals! This was another great opportunity to share and promote our passion for these animals, and raise awareness of our Kid’s Herpetological Society as well!

8th Annual Hope for Hooves Fundraising Event!
Date: Saturday, August 26th 2017.
Location: Elkhart Lake, WI
On Saturday, August 26th, our MAHS Fox Valley board was back out in action for the 8th annual Hope for Hooves fundraising event near Sheboygan and Elkhart Lake WI! This event featured lots of animal rescues and adoptions, food, silent auctions, kid’s activities, and much more! It was a blast! Look for our Fox Valley chapter at even more area events!

MAHS at St. Charles FallFest
Location: St. Charles Catholic Church, Hartland WI.
Date: Saturday, September 9th 2017.
Another St. Charles Fallfest has come and gone, and MAHS had a great day in educating event goers about all aspects of reptiles and amphibians. In some of the following photos, fears were conquered and minds opened by those whose first experience in handling or touching a snake, and even a tarantula, was at this event. We also gave an educational show and tell presentation about many of the animals we had today. Great work to all who volunteered their day to make this event!

MAHS at the Yahara RiverFest
Location: Conservancy Commons Park, DeForest WI
Date: Saturday, September 9th 2017
We had an awesome time today at our second year Yahara Riverfest at Conservancy Commons Park in DeForest educating all about reptiles and amphibians! Yahara Riverfest is an annual, fun filled family day celebration dedicated to promoting the conservation of Madison/Dane County’s Yahara riverway! We had several different species of native (and some not so native) turtles and snakes at the event, and we had a blast talking to and spreading the word about all of these amazing animals! Thanks to the Yahara Riverfest planning community for inviting us out, and even conquering their fears by holding a Burmese python for a photo opp.!

4th Annual Oshkosh Area Humane Society Paws Walk!
Location: Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh WI
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017
Our Fox Valley Chapter continues to grow! On Saturday, September 16th, we were invited to participate in the Oshkosh Area Humane Society’s annual PAWS walk and fundraising event! Here, we had great fun educating and showing several of our reptiles, as well as provide knowledge and expertise on proper pet reptile care and husbandry, conservation in the wild, and much more! Be sure to look for our Fox Valley chapter at even more events in the area!

MAHS Fall Field Outing-Central WI
Location: Various Locations in Central WI
Date: Saturday, September 30th 2017
MAHS recently trekked up to beautiful central Wisconsin for some amazing mid-fall field herping, with some great results! We found many of the areas herp and non-herp species that day, and it was a great time overall! We can’t wait until our next spring outing in May! Here is the tally of species found: Another successful MAHS fall field outing to central Wisconsin has concluded, and it was a great fall trip to always remember! We had tons of fun finding many different cool animals, herps and non-herps alike! What a great way to spend what may be one of the last herping opportunities of the year! Be sure to watch for our next upcoming spring herping outing for even more loads of fun to come! Be sure to watch for more group photos to come! Below is a list of species seen or observed on this outing: -Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) -Possible Gray Treefrog (Hyla sp.) -Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) -American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) -Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) -Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) -Blue spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) -Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) -Four toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum) -Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) -Red bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) -Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) -Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta).

Winnebago Pet Expo!
Location: Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh WI
Date: Saturday, October 7th 2017
Another Winnebago Pet Expo has come and gone, and it was a blast once again! MAHS was there to provide an entertaining and informative presentation on the top reptiles for beginners. We also had a wide variety of animals that visitors could see, touch, or hold for photo opportunities! This was the largest Fox Valley WI area pet expo, and we always look forward to making even more new contacts in this region for events and outreach opportunities. Check out some of the photos from today’s expo, contributed to by Charles Branstrom​. Thanks to all volunteers involved for helping to make this event possible and making it run effectively.

Gathering of Rogues and Ruffians!
Location: New Glarus, WI
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th 2017
MAHS was recently back out at the Gathering of Rogues and Ruffians fair in New Glarus for our second year to show off some of our reptiles and to educate about them amongst many different entertainers, artisans, merchants, and other activities. There were also extra large turkey legs, thunder pickles, and much more food to go around. It was a great, fun day of hanging out despite the cold, wet weather, and we look forward to the next one! Check out some photos from today!

MAHS at the Seno Woodland Festival!
Location: Seno K/RLT Conservancy, Burlington WI
Date: Saturday, October 14th 2017
MAHS was recently out this weekend as well attending its first Woodland Festival with the Seno/RLT Conservancy in Burlington WI! This event featured live music and food throughout the day, as well as barn dances, exploration of our native forests and prairies, a pig roast dinner, and of course MAHS and several of our awesome scaly reptile and amphibian friends and why education and conservation towards these animals is important! It was a fun event despite the cold and wet weather out, and we look forward to being back next year!

NARBC Tinley Park IL
Location: Holiday Inn Select and Convention Center, Tinley Park IL
Dates: Friday, October 6th to Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Another NARBC: North American Reptile Breeders Conference-Tinley Park may have come and went, but there are lots of photos and recap to share! MAHS attended in full force and had a fore front presence in the lobby as we educated event goers about what we do locally as well as nationally, and shared our passion for reptiles and amphibians!

Saturday night featured many amazing raffles and auctions for custom terrariums, animals, and live plants made by or from CemrockZilla ProductsGlass Box TropicalsZoo Med LaboratoriesGourmet Rodent, among many others. USARK – United States Association of Reptile Keepers also had a presence as well, and we always encourage everyone to support this organization in our fight to help keep reptiles on all levels of government. This was only a very small sample of what this year’s NARBC Tinley had to offer, and we look forward to the next one!

MAHS at CROCtoberFest!
Location: Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, IL
Date: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017.
Despite the wet and rainy weather for October, we had a great turnout for this year’s CroctoberFest, and we managed to prevail again!!! Another CROCtoberfest has come and gone, and as always, it was a blast! Hosted by the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois, CROCtoberFest celebrated the conservation of crocodilians and other reptiles and amphibians found throughout the world, and was another great opportunity to educate, and support other area conservation organizations dedicated to the cause! Thanks to all of the individuals, local businesses, and organizations who attended and supported this year’s event, and for helping to make it a possibility including the City of Lake Forest, IL, the Chicago Herpetological Society, Friends of Scales, and many others! We couldn’t have done it without all of your support!

Aldo Leopold Nature Center FallFest!
Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona WI.
Date: Friday, October 28th 2017.
There were lots of great costumes at tonight’s Fall Fest at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, from dragons, porcupines, and rockets, to mad scientists and more! We had a fun time hanging out with some of our reptile friends, and educating all about them! It was a great night for s’mores, costume parades, crafts, and other family activities! Check out some of the scenes from the night’s activities!

MAHS at Habitattitude Pet Surrender Event!
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna/Appleton WI
Date: Saturday, October 28th 2017
The MAHS-Fox Valley chapter and its members were out in force again at the Habitattitude’s Pet Surrender and Rescue event, hosted by the Green Bay Aquarium Society at the 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Appleton! We were there to show off and educate about several of our demo animals, as well as provide another area resource and option for unwanted pets and surrenders. It was a great event to attend, as we continue to network in the area and build up our Fox Valley chapter!

Pets Supplies Plus-Howlaween Event!
Location: Pets Supplies Plus, Fitchburg WI
Date: Sunday, October 29th 2017.
It was another spooky good time over at Pets Supplies Plus in Fitchburg WI for their new Howlaween event! This event didn’t just go for the dogs, but also a few of our educational scaly friends to help dispel common myths and misconceptions! It turns out, reptiles aren’t so scary after all! It was a great time at PSP, and we look forward to the next educational event there very soon!

Family Science Night at the Madison Children’s Museum
Location: Madison Children’s Museum, Madison WI
Date:
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
On Wednesday, November 1st, MAHS was back at the Madison Children’s Museum for their family science night! We presented the many features and adaptions reptiles and amphibians (as well as a few arachnids) have for life all over the world! We also educated interested participants on the many myths and misinformation about reptiles and amphibians. Overall, the event was a blast and a success!

Marquette Elementary Family Science Night!
Location: Marquette Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
We were recently back at the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Marquette Elementary for their family science night on Thursday, November 2nd! Kids and families alike had the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about several of our amazing animals, what herpetology can teach us in the broader view of science and society, plus much more! We always enjoy family science nights, and plan to be at even more of them in the near future!

UWSP Herpetology Encore Labs Tour!
Location: UW Stevens Point, Stevens Point WI
Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017
It was another fun filled day up in Stevens Point in central Wisconsin! We returned for an encore tour of the UW Stevens Point’s Vivarium and teaching/education labs, and got to meet lots of amazing outreach animals used in biology classes, presentations, and much more! There were turtles, tortoises, amphibians, snakes, lizards, fish, and much, much more! Each animal was unique, and even had their own backgrounds and stories to tell! Anything we do up at UWSP is always a blast, and we look forward to coming back up there for even more events soon!

East Troy Family STEAM Event
Location
: East Troy High School, East Troy WI
Date: Saturday, November 4th 2017
For its second year, the East Troy Community School District held its annual Family STEAM day at the East Troy High School on Saturday, November 4th, 2017! It was a great day of science, technology, education, arts, and mathematics as we were there on hand to educate about all realms of herpetology as a science, and we even provided a unique reptile inspired engineering program and presentation as well! It was a blast, and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Wisconsin Science Festival
Location: Discovery Building, Madison WI
Date: Sunday, November 5th 2017
Another Sunday Wisconsin Science Festival is under our belts, and as usual, it was a blast educating kids, parents, and teachers alike all about reptiles and amphibians! We had a variety of cool animals for visitors to see and touch, and there were lots of other science exploration stations and exhibits going on throughout the UW Madison campus and statewide! It was another great event, and we look forward to the next Science Expeditions in the spring of 2018 and beyond.

MAHS at the UW Madison Pre-Veterinary Society!
Location: School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison WI
Date: Wednesday, November 8th 2017.
Students and staff of the UW Madison’s Pre-Veterinary Society had the chance to get up close with reptiles at one of their regular meetings, and it was quite the learning experience! Attendees had the chance to learn about many of the common types of reptiles kept in captivity, as well as the common illnesses and husbandry issues associated with each one of them. Reptiles continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the pet industry, and MAHS is always on hand to help expose students and aspiring vet techs and veterinarians to the animals they may come across in practice.

MAHS at SEWERFEST
Date: Sunday, November 12th 2017
Location: Fountain Banquet Hall, Sturtevant WI
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped raise money for and volunteered at this latest SEWERFest show! We couldn’t have done it without everyone! We managed to raise over $1000 in our 50/50 raffle, and in donations, membership, and in adoptions. Did we mention we managed to adopt out ALL of the rescue animals we had, as well as our partnering organization, Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue? It was another great show, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018!

Herp Conservation in Fort Atkinson!
Date: Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Location: Fort Atkinson High School, Fort Atkinson WI
On Wednesday, November 15th, high school students of Fort Atkinson High School had the chance to learn all about herp (reptile and amphibian) conservation from around the world! Students learned what the threats facing many of these animals currently are, what we can to do stop, or at least slow these threats, and how captive breeding can serve as a useful conservation tool for helping to keep a species alive! We look forward to being back soon!

Schenk Elementary Family Science Night!
Location: Schenk Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
We were recently back at the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Schenk Elementary for their family science night on Thursday, November 16th! Kids and families alike had the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about several of our amazing animals, what herpetology can teach us in the broader view of science and society, plus much more! We always enjoy family science nights, and plan to be at even more of them in the near future!

MAHS at Cabela’s Sun Prairie
Location: Cabela’s, Sun Prairie WI
Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017
MAHS went into the great outdoors…well maybe not quite…but we were recently at Cabela’s in Sun Prairie to help educate all about native and exotic reptiles and amphibians alike! We stressed the importance of conservation of these animals, what to do if one encounters one, how to find them, and much more! We even had several store shoppers come just to see our snakes! The event was a success, and we hope to be back soon!

MAHS at Spartan Animal Hospital Open House!
Date: December 2nd, 2017.
Location: Spartan Animal Hospital, McFarland WI
The Madison Area Herpetological Society was recently at Spartan Animal Hospital for their annual Open House and Holiday party got the first time, and it was a ton of fun!!! There were snakes, wallabies, chickens, and many other odd and unusual animals there, plus lots of kids and their families water to learn more about joining MAHS!!! Check out some photos from the event! We can’t wait to be back next year!!!!

Oshkosh Public Library Teen Reptile Program!
Date: December 28th, 2017.
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, Oshkosh WI
To wrap up 2017 with the last event of the year, MAHS’ Fox Valley chapter was recently at the Oshkosh Public Library to give a program all about reptiles and amphibians for the library’s teen program! Library goers had the chance to see and learn about several animals up close and personal, and were super excited about the opportunities to learn more about these amazing animals. Be sure to look for us at more events near you in 2018!