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Recent Articles

Bid for Conservation and Toast to Tortoises

Bid for Conservation and Toast to Tortoises Dear Friends,We would like to invite you to participate in two online auctions we are hosting this year for our annual fundraisers to support our on-the-ground conservation work! Our “Bid for Conservation” and “Toast to Tortoises” auctions will be online for bidding from November 30 to December 14, 2020.Orianne’s […]

Monitoring Gopher Tortoises on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve

The Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve (OISP) contains just over 2,500 acres of protected lands located in the heart of southern Georgia. The property contains a mix of sandhills, small creeks and wetlands, and a large floodplain that backs up to the Ocmulgee River. An impressive 75 species of amphibians and reptiles have been documented on the property, and it provides a home to several rare or imperiled species, including the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, and Tiger Salamander. The OISP is also important because it serves as The Orianne Society’s home base in southern Georgia, housing all of our land management and sampling equipment. Over the last 10 years, an impressive amount of management has been conducted on the property. Tree planting, thinning, prescribed fire, and ground cover restoration have gone a long way to restoring the Longleaf Pine forests to their former glory.

Photo of the Month: January

Lighting a Match – Jan 2021

Ben Grunwald, land management technician for the Orianne Society, shows off some of the invasive species removal done on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve.

Phantoms of the Forest: The Secretive Nature of Timber Rattlesnakes

Timber Rattlesnakes, although very dangerous animals when harassed, rely first on their camouflage for defense, and last on their venom (with several steps in between). They are very docile animals that, under most circumstances, go to great lengths to avoid biting humans. In truth, if their objective was to bite and envenomate every passing human […]

Enduring and Avoiding the Cold – How Reptiles and Amphibians Survive Northern Winters

This post was adapted from an older magazine article the Kiley wrote in late 2017. With each trip in and out of the snow encrusted Canadian waters, another layer of ice accumulated on my waders, forming a frigid exoskeleton around my legs. I knew from experience not to tie the laces of my boots tightly, […]