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Recent Articles

New Funding to Help Wood Turtles in NH, VT and MA

“The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) today announced that they have received a new grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will help protect native turtles. The grant will fund landowner outreach by CRC and wood turtle site assessment by project partner, The Orianne Society (TOS).”  Read the full press release from the Connecticut […]

Fieldnotes- January 2022

December highlights from some Indigo Snake surveys on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve and other important conservation properties.

Why Wood Turtles Need Clean Water

Splitting their time almost equally between land and water, Wood Turtles are unique compared to other North American turtle species, most of which are either chiefly aquatic or fully terrestrial. Aquatic species, such as Painted Turtles, rarely leave water except to bask and nest, and terrestrial species, including tortoises and Box Turtles, scarcely venture into […]

Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake crossing a sandy road on a spring evening. – Houston Chandler I have had many snake experiences over the years, but nothing really compares to experiencing the theatrics often produced by Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). More on that in a minute. First, Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are moderately-sized (typically 2–3 feet) snakes, […]

Photo of the Month: January 2022

“Denizens of the southwest, flat-tail horned lizards are well-adapted to hot, arid, and sandy environments with sparse vegetation. This species relies on camouflage to avoid detection but once spotted, they will run and quickly shuffle in loose sand and bury themselves in seconds.” – Kyla Garten This close-up of a Flat-tail Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) […]