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Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue*

(Biology x414.51, 0.5 unit)

Date/Time: Sunday, September 28, 9 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Black Rock Visitor Center
Fee: $50 JTNPA/PINE member, $60 non-member
Credit Fee: $75 JTNPA/PINE member, $85 non-member
Instructor: William Hayes, Ph.D., Zoology, Physiology Professor of Biology, Loma Linda University
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate
Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, snakes have long captured the fascination of humanity. William Hayes will introduce participants to a remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California’s deserts in this all-day field class. Starting in the classroom, Dr. Hayes will discuss the many adaptations that are essential for snakes to survive in the desert ecosystem including unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits. Snake venom will also be discussed in detail providing answers to the following questions. What, exactly, is venom? How is it made and how is it delivered? Can venoms be beneficial? The class will explore the surrounding desert to identify reptile habitat and hopefully see some snakes!  Click to read the article printed in the Loma Linda University newspaper reviewing Dr. William Hayes’ Desert Snake class.
Download the course outline:  Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue 2014
Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

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