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Double Your Impact

A few weeks ago we held our annual “Places You’ve Never Herped” event where we bring our members out into the field with us to conduct surveys for reptiles and amphibians. It always pleases me when kids or adults who previously had not experienced looking for these animals come out with us. In this case, […]

Lighting a Match- February 2020

Conservation Lessons from New Zealand’s Imperiled Herpetofauna

            New Zealand is composed of a collection of islands located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The land mass that eventually formed these islands broke away from other land masses between 80 and 65 million years ago. Today, New Zealand is located approximately 2,000 km from Australia and 1,000 km from the closest Pacific islands. […]

What Lies Beneath: Salamanders in the Basement

Most people go the entire winter in Northern New England without seeing a single reptile or amphibian, but those that do almost always find them in the same place: their basement. Usually the culprit is a Spotted Salamander, but the list of species that turn up in people’s basements is endless.  In many ways, basements […]

Fieldnotes- January 2020

We’re just over halfway through our Eastern Indigo Snake survey season, and looking back, we’ve had some pretty good days in the field. In this month’s episode, Ben takes us along on one of his most memorable and productive surveys so far this season.