Join us on March 20th at 6:30pm at Gateway Technical College, room 120 in the Bioscience building, to meet some of Wisconsin’s most interesting amphibians and reptiles (herptiles) up close and personal. Randy Hetzel, wildlife biologist, will share his extensive knowledge and collection of these fascinating critters.
Randy is a career wildlife biologist and naturalist with “experience from songbirds to grizzly bears.” Often referred to as “RandyMan” by friends and colleagues, Hetzel’s work and travels encompass a wide range of species and habitats. His presentations entertain and educate people about nature.
“I’ve never really focused on just one part of ecosystems, realizing the importance of how all of the pieces fit together and play on each other” says Randy. “While it was very exciting to work with grizzlies and black bears, the truth is that other topics interest me just as much. ...small mammals, songbirds, and plants are just as interesting and important as bears, maybe with a little less adrenaline”.
The list of species RandyMan has worked with is enormous, in addition to decades of habitat work, spanning the continent from Alaska and the Rocky Mountains to Wisconsin. His projects and experiences include research, cover typing, controlled burns, habitat improvement and invasive plant control.
In a world of immense environmental changes and challenges Hetzel sees more than ever the importance of conservation. “We really owe it to future generations and the long-term well-being of our planet to conserve the components of the natural world,” said Randy; “to me these remaining gems of natural heritage are more important than any amount of wealth.”
Join us for supper at the Gateway Cafe, 3619 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144 (on your own) about 5:00 pm to chat informally with Randy and other members.