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September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Armenia in Retrospect: A Decade of Conservation Efforts for the Armenian Viper, Montivipera raddei
Dr. Jeff Ettling made his first trip to Armenia in 2004 to start an investigation into the spatial ecology and population s of the Armenian viper, Montivipera raddei. It’s hard to believe that he has now made 20 trips to Armenia ranging in length from two weeks to two months. Dr. Ettling and his Armenia colleagues, Dr. Aram Aghasyan and his son Dr. Levon Aghasyan, had a good idea of what they were going to try to accomplish with their study, but they had no idea at the time how much impact the program would truly end up having for the conservation of the Armenian viper and for other wildlife. Dr. Ettling will provide a retrospective look at what they’ve learned about Armenian vipers and how their work has impacted the conservation of the species as well as other wildlife.