to Herpers: Your Assignment

Okay herpers, conditions for amphibian migration tomorrow night in the Lake Champlain Basin and other lowland areas of Vermont look almost perfect. It is now time for each and every one of you to contribute some useful information in return for being on this e-mail list.

Instead of just going out to your favorite herp crossing, pick a species that should be moving tomorrow night and be the first to photo-document that species for a given town. Help us fill in the distribution gaps in our maps.

For example, here are the towns in Addison, Chittenden, and Franklin Counties where we need photos of these common species:

  • Spotted Salamanders: Cornwall, Hancock, Middlebury, Vergennes, Winooski, Franklin, St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, Isle Lamotte, North Hero.
  • Wood Frogs: Hancock, Mt. Holly, Berkshire, Fairfield, Highgate, and St. Albans City.
  • Spring Peepers: Granville, Hancock, Bakersfield, Berkshire, Franklin, Highgate, Montgomery, Sheldon, St. Albans City, Alburgh, Isle Lamotte.

These species will almost certainly be on roads in these towns Sunday night. Resist the temptation to go to your favorite herping location and help us fill in these silly distribution gaps. It should only take two hours of your time at most.

If you want to check what species need photo-documentation from other towns, visit our searchable table at:

Data Gaps: Reports and Photos Most Needed

Okay, now get out there tomorrow night and get some useful data!

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