“The primary objective of NOAH shall be the education of its members and of the general public with respect to the conservation, ecological role, captive care, and breeding of reptiles and amphibians.”
The Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH) was founded in 1974 and our primary objective is to provide our members and the general public with accurate information regarding the breeding, care and conservation of reptiles and amphibians through several avenues.
NOAH has monthly meetings open to the public. Meetings feature interesting and knowledgeable speakers or the time is spent out in the field searching for reptiles and amphibians. In keeping with our policy of conservation and the ecological role of the animal, all finds are photographed and returned to the area where they were found. Also, at every meeting there is time for discussion among members. Some of our members have kept reptiles for over 30 years and have a wealth of information they are happy to share.
NOAH plans several field trips throughout the summer for members and their guests. Past trips have included the Toledo Zoo, Spencer Lake Wildlife area and South Bass Island to work with Kristin Stanford in her efforts to save the Lake Erie water snake.
Additionally, throughout the spring and summer individual NOAH members display their pets at various parks, nature centers, festivals and schools where the public is invited to see the animals, handle them, and ask questions about them. This past summer NOAH reached out to over 7,800 visitors at these events and helped to change the perception many people have about snakes.