Category: education

Herp Update: recent activity — May 5, 2022

Recent Activity Last weekend was a field trip weekend for my Conservation of Vermont Reptiles course that I am teaching through Hogback Community College in Bristol (non-credit non-graded courses, for more info see https://familyforests.org/past-hogback-community-college-courses/). The weather was cool to cold

Herp Update: data gaps, Hinesburg first, PARC Amphibian week — April 19, 2022

Help us fill in some data gaps for very common species Herpers, we have some embarrassing gaps in our database and maps. There is still one town in Vermont where no one has every reported a Wood Frog. They are

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Herp Update: Quick reference photos, fundraiser – January 25, 2022

New Feature on our VtHerpAtlas website! Herpers, last year Kate Kelly added a new feature to our website. She added separate quick-reference photo guides for adult snakes, juvenile snakes, turtles, salamanders, and frogs. Hopefully these will help report-contributors save time

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Herp Update: Upcoming Presentation on VT Snakes — January 18, 2022

Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum) eating another Eastern Milksnake

Upcoming Presentation Herpers, Green Mountain Audubon Society has arranged for me to give an online Powerpoint presentation on Vermont snakes this Thursday, January 20th at 6:30 PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. If you would like

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Herp Update: Publications, Fundraising, Conservation Course – December 27, 2021

Herp Update: December 27, 2021, Happy Holidays! Upcoming Scientific Publications Although one of our major goals is to communicate directly with Vermont residents, we frequently supply data or articles that are communicated to other scientists and the public through peer-reviewed

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Herp Update: Saturday Night? – December 10, 2021

Continuing Amphibian Activity Herpers, looking to replace Christmas movies with herping this weekend? The current weather forecast is for wet and warm (near 50°F) tomorrow evening (Saturday) either before or after dinner. I may not be able to make it

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Herp Update: Continuing Migration and Fundraiser– December 7, 2021

Man in blue raincoat, facing the camera, holds an adult snapping turtle head downward. The turtle is almost the size of the man's torso.

Continuing Amphibian Activity Herpers, with the temperatures at 50°F and the rains becoming heavy around 5 PM, I had to run over to the Morgan Road amphibian crossing here in Salisbury again last night. Given that this was both warmer

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Herp Update: recent herp activity, fundraising, and our new course – December 3, 2021

Recent Amphibian Activity (last night) Herpers, aside from the occasional reports of snakes and salamanders spending the winter in people’s cellars, current herptile reports have stopped coming in. That said, I did head out to the Morgan Road amphibian crossing

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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

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Herp Update & Upcoming Gus Speth Presentation

Herpers, last weekend with the temperatures soaring to 70 F, a variety of reptiles and amphibians were active that are not usually active at this time of year. Late Fall Herp Activity I received reports of Northern Map Turtles and

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