WSIU InFocus: A Hike at Union County's Snake Road With IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard
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Copperhead at LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area
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Timber Rattlesnake at LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area
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Winters Pond is where the reptiles and amphibians spend the summer
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Overview of the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area
United States Forest Service
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Limestone Bluffs Tower to 150 feet at La-Rue Pine Hills Research Area
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In 1991, the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area was officially designated as a research site, the nation's 250th such area. Join IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard as he takes us on an informative hike on Snake Road. For more information about the Research Area and the twice-yearly road closure so the reptiles and amphibians can safely pass, go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's website.
Special thanks to Linda Hauser of the United States Forest Service and Herpetologist Scott Ballard with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
WSIU Student Reporter Alex Kierstead contributed to this report.