We are now taking steps to develop a global herpetological database that will be built through a combination of focused projects addressing a specific citizen science question, as well as a broader database meant to store opportunistic observations from the general public.
This database structure will not only provide us with continuous data from the public, but it will also give us the flexibility to immediately gather data for herpetological conservation questions and initiatives as they arise.
We have developed a project called Snapshots in Time to compile citizen-collected data. Our initial efforts have been focused on collecting data for Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs, but in upcoming years, we will be adding additional species to this project. We are also assisting with status and distribution surveys for three declining snakes—the Florida Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus), Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus), and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)–that are associated with Longleaf Pine ecosystems and are collecting data for them as part of our Snakes of the Longleaf Pine project.
We have initiated database projects for Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs and received 95 observations within the first six months of creating Snapshots in Time.
By 2019 we aim to collect a total of 4,350 observations for our global database. We also aim to collect 250 observations of Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs in 15 to 20 states for each species, as well as 250 observations for Longleaf Pine snakes.
Snapshots in Time
A long-term, conservation-driven study that will examine the potential changes in timing of Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander breeding throughout the respective ranges of these species.
Snakes of Longleaf Pine
The Orianne Society is assisting with status and distribution surveys for three declining snakes that are associated with Longleaf Pine ecosystems.