RUTLAND, Vt. — People interested in learning more about Vermont’s rattlesnake population will get an opportunity at an upcoming talk by a state biologist who specializes in the rare snakes.

On March 8, Fish and Wildlife Department biologist and rattlesnake researcher Doug Blodgett will talk about the work he has done on the species.

He says timber rattlesnakes are “original Vermonters” and they play a unique role among the state’s native wildlife community.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Community College of Vermont in Rutland at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association.