|The scope of outreach and education that has
been accomplished for the Lake Erie Water
Snake is probably one of our most outstanding
achievements toward recovering this species.
Just prior to the Lake Erie Water Snake being
listed in 1999, an intensive education campaign
was initiated by The Ohio Division of Wildlife and
The USFWS focusing primarily on Lake Erie
Island residents living with the snake.
'Water Snakes Welcome Here' signs and 'Save
our Snakes' pamphlets (pictured below) were the
first materials to be created.
|Kristin Stanford and Megan Seymour from USFWS host a educational
display during Historical Weekend on Put-in-Bay.
|Are You an Island Resident and Want to
Request a 'Water Snakes Welcome' Sign for
Contact"theislandsnakelady" But HURRY,
there are only a very few left!
|Environmental adventure campers help the Island Snakelady to
record data for some LEWS captured on North Bass Island.
|Overall, the majority of island residents
support the conservation of the snake.
Since the listing, many new outreach and
educational materials have been developed
and partnerships forged. The success story
of the LEWS is still being written and we
have much to do. Help us by educating
yourself and spreading the word!
|More Relevant Outreach Publications
|Local Species Check Lists
Snakes of the Lake Erie Islands
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lake Erie Islands
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lake Erie Area
|These signs and pamphlets were distributed to supportive islanders and were
posted at public parks to help educate visitors. However, not all island
residents have positive feelings regarding the LEWS. In fact, the response
from some island residents continues to be very negative.
But that's ok!
At least this is Kristin's, aka "theislandsnakelady"
She is constantly working with these folks
to better understand the frustrations and
fears concerning the LEWS.
"If we don't hear about the 'bad', how can we
possibly learn to make it better."
|Read More About Our Outreach
Reaching Out to "Save Our Snakes"
With Population Below 2000 in 1999,
water snakes return
|Click Here to Help Preserve
Habitat for the Lake Erie
|Show Some RESPECT!
Click here to find out how!
|What....Didn't you hear?
Working with LEWS is a
very Dirty Job!
Check it out!