Fieldnotes: November 2019

October was a slow month for fieldwork for the Longleaf Savannas team, so in this month’s episode, Ben shares a highlight reel from a recent field herping trip to southern Arizona. A special thank you to David Hutto and Chance Feimster for providing additional photographs and video.

Fieldnotes- October 2019

For the last two years, the Orianne Society has been involved in a multi-state effort to document the current distribution of Alligator Snapping Turtles. In many places these turtles were harvested commercially for the production of turtle soup, causing severe declines in wild populations. The purpose of these survey efforts is to help the U.S. […]

Fieldnotes- September 2019

In a world with increasing human development, Gopher Tortoise translocations are an unfortunate reality in longleaf ecosystem conservation. While it’s far from an ideal situation, we try to make the best of it by saving tortoises from impending development and strategically releasing them where they’ll bolster existing populations. In this month’s episode, Ben works on […]

Fieldnotes- August 2019

The summer continues to be be slow for the Longleaf Savannas research staff. In order to break up the monotony of office work, Ben recently spent a day down on Jekyll Island shadowing Orianne Society member and field biologist, Chad Harrison, while he radio tracked some coastal Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes.

Fieldnotes- July 2019

It continues to be a slow summer here for the Longleaf Savannas crew, as weather and river conditions are still preventing us from conducting turtle fieldwork. But in the meantime, Ben Stegenga is preparing for our Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle surveys by prepping field equipment and repairing traps. Here he takes a moment to highlight […]