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).

Fieldnotes With Ben Stegenga: Black Swamp Snake

Dive into “Fieldnotes with Ben Stegenga” for a sneak-peak into the day of an Orianne Field Biologist! Through this series, Ben will share with you his discoveries of the day, methods used to collect data and survey for reptiles and amphibians and discuss interesting facts about the wildlife in the area! For most, a Black […]

Fieldnotes- February 2018

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.