Fieldnotes- Florida Softshell turtles

While out collecting Snake Fungal Disease samples this month, Ben had an unexpected encounter with one of the Southeast’s most unique turtle species. Join him as he discusses the fascinating biology of the Florida Softshell (Apalone ferox)

Fieldnotes- July 2018

Join Ben this month as he showcases one of the most exciting finds for Orianne’s field crew yet this summer, a Rainbow Snake (Farancia erytrogramma), Sometimes referred to as “eel moccasins”, these secretive snakes are true gems of the Coastal Plain’s river systems.

Tracking Spotted Turtles

  Tracking spotted turtles with Ben Stegenga in the South Georgia swamps.

Ocmulgee River Floodplain & Marbled Salamander

In this month’s Fieldnotes, Ben ventures into the Ocmulgee River floodplain to look at the Marbled Salamander, a beautiful denizen of Georgia’s hardwood lowlands.

Fieldnotes With Ben Stegenga: Eastern Tiger Salamander

Join Ben this month as he explores some wetlands for Georgia’s largest species of terrestrial salamander, the Eastern Tiger Salamander.

2017 Review: A year of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the research, monitoring, and outreach accomplishments made by the Longleaf Savannas Initiative (LSI) over the past 12 months.  It has been a year full of hard work, hot days, incredible observations, and fascinating reptiles and amphibians.  We traveled all over southern […]

Fieldnotes: Eastern Indigo Snake Survey

In this episode of Fieldnotes, Ben Stegenga takes us on a survey for Eastern Indigo Snakes as part of our monitoring program.

Fieldnotes: Snake Fungal Disease Project

In this episode of Fieldnotes, Ben Stegenga demonstrates how we collect samples in the field for Snake Fungal Disease testing.

Eastern Newts

As the first face of the forest highlighted in this blog, I thought it prudent to introduce one of the most recognizable members of forested landscapes and one that ties together both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Most people reading this will have some familiarity with Eastern Newts (also called Red-spotted Newts), especially the terrestrial juveniles […]

Eastern Hognose Snake

Ben Stegnenga was recently on patrol in the Georgia sandhills during a fall snake fungal disease survey and found this Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos).