Indigo Season Wrap

We recently wrapped up our fourth season of monitoring Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) in the Altamaha River drainage of southeast Georgia. This monitoring involves surveying 40 intact sandhill sites with high densities of Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus) burrows. These burrows are the preferred overwintering refuge for Eastern Indigo […]

Fanning the Flames of Fire Season

The arrival of Kingbirds, Flycatchers, rising soil temperatures, changes in photoperiod, and the transition from frontal storms to convective storms, means the natural fire season has arrived. The Orianne Society’s land management team with the help of other agencies such as The Longleaf Alliance, Georgia DNR, and The Nature Conservancy are beginning to ramp up […]

News from Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Environment is currently carrying out a complete assessment of the conservation status of all vertebrates that occur in Brazil. The assessment of Brazilian snakes was carried out in two workshops in 2012 (April and October) and was coordinated by Marcio Martins (the South America Regional Coordinator of VSG) and Cristiano Nogueira, […]

Expedición Melanocephala! (Or How I Learned to Avoid the Acacia Tree)

Recently I returned from a week-long trip into the rainforests of Costa Rica to search for the Black-headed Bushmaster (Lachesis melanocephala), one of the most secretive and difficult-to-observe vipers in the world. We suspect that this species is vulnerable to declines, but currently lack data, and our efforts are geared to allow us to assess […]

A Perfect Storm

The following is an opinion piece submitted to us by Justin Collins. Justin is a native Washingtonian and currently works with the Timber Rattlesnake in Pennsylvania (and occasionally New Jersey), monitoring construction job sites for alternative energy sources, and doing habitat surveys throughout the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In his free time he […]

4th Places You’ve Never Herped – Where Are We Herping This Time?

  You’ve been asking, and now we have an answer! The 4th Places You Have Never Herped event will be in sunny Florida! Specifically, the event will take place on the Aucilla River at the Florida/Georgia state line in northeast Jefferson County, Florida! The survey area is approximately 9,000 acres of private property, recently acquired […]

Indigo Days: A Member Perspective

  This is a special guest blog by Orianne Society Member, Noah Fields Wednesday……Thursday……then finally Friday! Not just any Friday, but the Friday my family and I head down to south Georgia to join the Orianne Society for their first annual Indigo Days event. I could hardly wait to meet up with old friends and […]

A Little Cold, but Still a Great First Indigo Days!

For most snake lovers, the opportunity to see an Eastern Indigo Snake in the wild is a lifelong dream. On the weekend of December 14-15, 2013 we hosted “Indigo Days” for members of The Orianne Society in an effort to help make that dream a reality and as an opportunity to say thank you to […]

First Annual Indigo Days!

Registration for the first annual “Indigo Days”, December 14-15, 2013 is now closed! Thanks to all of our members who signed up!

In The Company of (Herpetological) Giants

  Last month I was able to attend the 2013 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). Hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the surrounding desert punctuated by the Jemez Mountains (home to the endemic Jemez Mountain Salamander) in the background made for a fitting location for scientists studying “Ichs and Herps” to gather. The Joint […]