Herp Update: Annual Fundraiser and a New Course “Conserving Vermont Reptiles” – November 29, 2021
A New Course Offering: Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles
January through May 2022 through Vermont Family Forests
Learn the identification, natural history, survey techniques, conservation, and management of Vermont’s turtles, snakes, and lizards with herpetologist Jim Andrews.
The class will begin with five remote Zoom presentations and then finish with three field trips. We will find and discuss a selection of Vermont’s reptiles while reviewing the material in the lectures and discussing conservation management. Remote Zoom classes will be held from 7 PM to 8:30 PM Monday evenings and consist of PowerPoint presentations and video clips. The field trips will begin with one Saturday-Sunday weekend and be followed up by a Saturday trip (see itinerary). Our field trips will visit reptile habitat in west-central Vermont.
This class is not graded and there is no homework but you will be encouraged to get out on your own, document some Vermont reptiles, and apply some reptile conservation measures.
The class is open to the public and designed for adult professionals working in land management and conservation, naturalists of all levels, and life-long learners. The field trips will be off trail but only moderately challenging.
Past students have used our courses to meet various certification credit requirements for professional development. Class size is limited, so register early.
For more information or to register visit either: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conserving-vermonts-reptiles-tickets-211892103987 or https://familyforests.org/conserving-vermonts-reptiles/
The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Annual Fundraiser
The ultimate goal of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas is to gather and disseminate the data that are needed on the reptiles and amphibians of Vermont in a way that involves and informs Vermont individuals and organizations so that they can become more informed and effective stewards of wildlife habitat.
As of this morning (Monday), the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas fundraiser has brought in ~$10,500 toward our goal of $25,000! We are off to a good start, but we still have a long way to go to raise enough funds for next year.
If you have not donated already, please donate. If you have donated already, thanks again. In either case, please do share this post to anyone or any list of people who may be interested in supporting our local wildlife conservation and education efforts.
To learn more about what we have accomplished over the past year and to see the many ways you can contribute, please visit our GoFundMe site at: https://gofund.me/70b5be0e