UUCR Green Team

You may not be able to change the whole world but you can change the place you live.

Putting the 7th Unitarian Universalist principle into action in our church and our community: “We Affirm and Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”.

“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature”.  Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our next EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY PROGRAM:

PIT VIPER NATURAL HISTORY and

FIELD RESEARCH

Oct. 13, 2017 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

Alex Bentley will present on the biology, behavior, and life history of pit vipers, in addition to how some of his research is being directed towards understanding these mysterious and misrepresented creatures. Pit vipers are a subfamily of the Vipers and are distinguished by their loreal, infrared sensing pits, among other things. From an evolutionary and biological perspective this taxon represents some of the most highly specialized snakes known to science. Alex will discuss some of the pit viper’s most fascinating adaptations, including infrared heat detection, rattles, and venom. Furthermore, Alex will explain several of his ongoing projects, which involve Rattlesnake tracking with GPS technology and the use of camera traps to study the natural history of an uncommon Ecuadorian pit viper.

Alex, a Salem native, has been interested in snakes since a very early age and has since committed himself to learning more about these organisms via field-based research. He earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish from Wofford College earlier this year, and will be enrolling in a doctoral program in the fall of 2018. Currently Alex is amidst a gap year in which he has hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, is collaborating in the development of a project to track King Cobras in SE Asia, will be returning to Ecuador to continue pit viper research, and will be bicycling from Canada to Mexico on the Great Divide Trail next summer.

This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact:  Bob Egbert at canyonlake76@gmail.com

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY RALLIES

We gather outside at our street corner one Sunday each month to show our support for climate protection and clean, renewable energy.  Our next rally will be on October 1st from 12:30 to 1:30 on our street corner at Brandon Ave. & Grandin Road.

Explore Park VOLUNTEER Work

Contact Bob Egbert at canyonlake76@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping or have questions about Explore Park.

UUCR RECYCLES

Green Team contact:  Bob Egbert  canyonlake76@gmail.com