Photo of the Month: September 2021

American Alligator – Photo credit: Ben Stegenga

What can museum specimens tell us about the history of Snake Fungal Disease?

Some of the first questions that emerge when a new wildlife disease is documented surround where the disease originated and how long has it been impacting wildlife populations. Is the disease emerging or has it been around for decades? Perhaps something else in the environment is just now making the disease bad enough that it is noticeable to biologists.

The Big Four of Turtle Conservation

If you like turtles, as most of us do, we would like to tell you about four species in urgent need of our help. Wood Turtles, Bog Turtles, Blanding’s Turtles, and Spotted Turtles are all in sharp decline, and to us, they are the Big Four of Turtle Conservation in the Northeastern United States. Although […]

Photo of the Month: August 2021

This month’s photo comes from Blake Adams, our new Manager of the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve, featuring one of the many Gopher Tortoises he has come across on the Preserve in the last week.

Genetic Connectivity of Florida’s Indigo Snake Populations

Eastern Indigo Snake – Ben Stegenga One of the key concepts in conservation biology is landscape connectivity. In other words, how easy is it for animals to move between discrete habitat patches and what are the features that either impede or facilitate movement? Connectivity is often thought about in terms of linking protected areas in […]