Despite having the greatest diversity of reptiles in Canada, it can be a challenge finding them in Ontario. Our elusive and sometimes stigmatized snakes and turtles face many challenges themselves. What?s being done to help them? Alison will share her knowledge and experiences from the field with a little help from her reptile education ambassador, Noodle.

Alison Forde is an Ecologist with SNC-Lavalin and Vice President of South Peel Naturalists? Club. She holds a BSc (Wildlife Biology) and MSc (Environmental Biology) from the University of Guelph.

Over the past decade, Alison has worked with and studied Ontario?s reptiles on a personal and professional level, most recently surveying for Massasauga Rattlesnakes in the Georgian Bay area. She loves to bust myths and misconceptions about snakes and has helped countless individuals overcome their fears through education.