The Beauty of Survival: An introduction to the world of reptiles and their strategies for living

Join us for a look at some of the reptiles of the Catskills, other parts of the US, Mexico and Central America.  Russell Walker will give an introduction into the world of these beautiful, fascinating, often misunderstood, under appreciated, integral parts of our natural world.  We will explore the habitat, adaptations and general natural history of some of the snakes, lizards and turtles of these areas.

Russ Walker is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx and transplanted to Texas in 1984. He has a BS Biology and Environmental Science. He is a recently retired teacher Specialist from the Houston Independent School District's Outdoor Education Center.  The OEC is a 3 1/2 day, residential, hands on,outdoor education/environmental science experience for fifth grade students.

Russell is Co-founder of the East Texas Herpetological (herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians) Society, in 1988.  The ETHS is a non profit organization, dedicated to the education of the general public on reptiles and amphibians of East Texas and the world.

He has been looking for, catching, keeping, photographing, and learning and teaching about reptiles and amphibians since the age of 10.  Russell says "At that time my "wild places" were the Bronx River and the Twin Lakes, behind the Bronx Botanical Gardens.  You would be surprised at what you can find there!  I have been coming to and hiking, backpacking and exploring the Catskills for 47 years, since I was 12.  When I was 16 I saw my first rattlesnakes, ever, in these mountains.  I have been searching forand photographing their kin eversince.  My wife and I have traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and throughout the US enjoying the wild places and its inhabitants."