Category: road search

Basic rules for night-time road searches

Herpers, one of your fellow wildlife enthusiasts has raised some concerns about behaviors he has seen at some of our major amphibian road crossings. So, I want to remind everyone that we are trying to save individual amphibians and protect

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Herp Update: migration starts, vacation – March 20, 2022

Amphibian migrations have started Herpers, I just returned from a warm southerly vacation to find that temperatures in Vermont were just as warm, at least temporarily. So, I have been scrambling to get caught up. The warm weather at the

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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: Bobbie Summers, Road Search, more – October 31, 2021

Wildlife Hero I am very sad to report that Roberta (Bobbie) Summers passed away last Saturday, October 23rd. Bobbie has been a friend and contributor to the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas since 2005. She has contributed 451 records of

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Herp Update: Snake covers – October 13, 2021

Artificial Cover for Snakes A common method to survey for snakes is to put out artificial cover in good snake habitat. I have a series of slate “sandwiches” on my property that I have put out to attract snakes and

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Herp Update: Safety, salamander crossings – March 27, 2021

Herpers, in portions of the Lake Champlain Basin everything came together last night.  Kate Kelly and I were investigating some previously unvisited locations in Rutland County.  On our return we swung by two crossing sites near Fern Lake in Leicester

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Herp Update: first report of 2021

Herpers, our first herp report of the year came in on January 1st from Kiley Briggs and Melanie L who checked in on an overwintering site for Wood Turtles.  He sent a video that showed two or three turtles underneath

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Herp Update : crossing zone results, Mudpuppies

Herpers, once again conditions were perfect for amphibian movement last night and I have two sets of herp reports to share.  The women of the Kelly family (K, M, and A) checked the North Street crossing area in New Haven

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