FAIR HAVEN: TEETH, CLAWS, PRICKLES & PEW

TravisGaleAmyBeatriceNaturalist Travis Gale, pictured with friendly skunk in a recent NJ school appearance, visits Fair Haven’s Church of the Nativity on Wednesday for a program that demonstrates how Earth’s incredible creatures (including fennec fox Amy Beatrice, right) survive in the wild.  

A little over ten years ago, Travis Gale was a veteran environmental educator for the Monmouth County Parks System, with a sideline as a traveling specialist in edu-taining “Mad Science” presentations. As a field biologist, his claim to fame was in conducting the first radio tracking program of baby pine snakes in the New Jersey Pine Barrens — but in 2005, the naturalist shed his “Snakes ‘n Scales” gig to establish Wallaby Tales, a company dedicating to educating young audiences in the ways and wonders of our fellow mammals.

On Wednesday evening, March 11, the Monmouth County Audubon Society presents its annual “Family Night” presentation; hosting Travis Gale and his program “What Big Teeth You Have!” in a public-welcome program at The Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. Scheduled for 7 pm and designed for elementary school age children and their families, the program focuses on some of the smaller mammals of the wild, and the ways in which they defend themselves and successfully make a living in a landscape of predators.

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