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Recent Articles

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, […]

On Snails and Slugs: A Wood Turtle’s Perspective

Years ago when I first encountered a Wood Turtle with a viscous brown goo oozing out of its mouth I thought something was wrong. Generally speaking, whenever a turtle has a runny nose, eyes, or slime coming from its mouth it is bad news, and a disease pathologist I sent some pictures to suggested the […]

Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium: Bringing Together Partners to Push Conservation Forward

            On a chilly day in early November, I plunged into a cold, shallow stream in search of a turtle that had previously eluded me – the Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). Wood Turtles are a fascinating species that spend part of their time on land and part of their time in streams and rivers. Wood […]

Fieldnotes: November 2019

October was a slow month for fieldwork for the Longleaf Savannas team, so in this month’s episode, Ben shares a highlight reel from a recent field herping trip to southern Arizona. A special thank you to David Hutto and Chance Feimster for providing additional photographs and video.

Lighting a Match- November 2019