A Man and His Forest

Authored by Dirk Stevenson Reese Thompson and canine friend “Roxie” bound like springboks from the pickup truck and within minutes take their positions at the base of a towering south Georgia Longleaf Pine. From far above a scale of bark, exfoliated by a foraging nuthatch, parachutes into our field of view. Reese, silver-haired, wearing a […]

Learning about Georgia’s Spotted Turtles

Authored by Houston Chandler With the 2016–2017 Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) sampling season nearing its end, we have started preparing for the upcoming Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) trapping season. This will be our fourth consecutive year of monitoring and research on Georgia populations of Spotted Turtles. It is the first time Georgia Spotted Turtle […]

Winter’s Frog

Authored by Ben Stegenga For herp enthusiasts across the country, these winter months can feel like an eternity. With winter weather in full swing, reptile and amphibian activity can be hard to come by. However, there are a few species of secretive amphibians that make their yearly appearances during cold, rainy weather—you just have to […]

Introducing our Newest Field Technicians

Authored by Jacob Barrett As with the beginning of every year, we have set our goals high for 2017. The first half of the year is our busiest and most important time for the land management team. Our three main focal areas at this time include applying prescribed fire, preparing fire lines and planting our […]

A Snaky Start to Indigo Season

Authored by Matt Moore The Orianne Society’s annual Eastern Indigo Snake survey season is nearing its halfway mark at the turn of the New Year. The autumn-early winter portion of this survey season has included a number of noteworthy discoveries by Orianne Society staff. Ben Stegenga, Orianne Field Technician, got the survey season off to […]

Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy Winter 2016

Authored by Brannon Knight On December 6-9, 2016, The Orianne Society, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and The Longleaf Alliance hosted a Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy at the Altama Wildlife Management Area. The academy serves as the instructor-lead portion to meet The National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s standards for a Basic Firefighter Type […]

11th Biennial Longleaf Conference

Authored by Jacob Barrett In early November, I was pleased to attend the 11th Biennial Longleaf Conference in the beautiful city of Savannah, GA. I was able to listen to some great talks pertaining to restoration as well as network with people that have similar interests and goals as we do at Orianne. As the […]

The Road to Orianne

Authored by Ben Stegenga On any given day I find myself tracking Spotted Turtles through a hardwood swamp, road cruising for Southern Hog-nosed Snakes or scouring Gopher Tortoise sandhills for Eastern Indigo Snakes and Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes. Getting to work with these magnificent species and contribute to their conservation has literally been a dream come […]

Kicking Off Indigo Snake Survey Season

Authored by Houston Chandler November marks the beginning of our annual surveys for Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus). Over the next five months (November to March), we will be searching for snakes on sandhills across South Georgia. This season’s surveys will take place at sites in three major river […]

Georgia Gives Day: Our Work in Georgia

Georgia Gives Day is November 17, 2016, so we want to share some of our accomplishments for reptiles, amphibians and their habitats in Georgia from this year. From our stream restorations in North Georgia to our field surveys and land restoration activities in South Georgia, we have been working diligently to conserve reptiles, amphibians and […]