Rattlesnake conservation plan will be group’s first project The Viper Specialist Group was formed in February this year with Christopher L. Jenkins of The Orianne Society (www.oriannesociety.org) as its chair. Invitation letters are being sent to potential members. Working with a staff member from the Atlanta Botanical Garden (Mark Mandica), the group has created a logo and is now working on its website. As a key initiative for the Viper Specialist Group, Project Orianne is developing an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Conservation Program and supporting a graduate student at the University of Georgia, who will study the rattlesnake’s ecology, as well as coordinate the development of a Conservation Action Plan for the species. An initial meeting of the group is scheduled to take place later this year in Europe. Christopher L. Jenkins Chair, Viper Specialist Group

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