Estimating salamander dispersal distances to inform management decisions

I have written previously about the importance of maintaining and restoring connectivity at a landscape scale to reduce the negative effects of fragmentation on natural communities.  Even though the importance of maintaining connectivity is well-understood in the conservation community, direct measures of connectivity between animal populations that can inform specific management objectives are often lacking.  […]

Burning Away Tick-borne Diseases

            I get asked all the time if I worry about venomous snakes while working in the field.  Well-meaning friends and family members encourage me to be on the lookout for snakes at all times.  These comments generally come from people who have the mindset that venomous snakes are lurking around every corner or are […]

Where do roads impact Gopher Tortoise conservation in Georgia?

            In Georgia, roads are a pervasive landscape feature. The ever expanding road network connects cities and winds through almost every corner of the state.  This dense road network is spurred on by Georgia‚Äôs increasing population, which has grown by over a million residents in the last 10 years to a total of over 10.6 […]

Six years of Spotted Turtle Monitoring

We recently wrapped up our sixth consecutive year surveying for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia. This year was exceptionally challenging with dry conditions hampering survey efforts in late April and May. Many wetlands favored by Spotted Turtles were completely dry well before the end of the sampling season. A stark contrast to last season […]

Coral Snakes and their Mimics

Show someone from the southeastern U.S. a red, black, and yellow (or white) banded snake and a large portion of them will recite some version of the well-known rhyme meant to help distinguish Eastern Coral Snakes (Micrurus fulvius) from species with a similar appearance. Red on yellow kill a fellow. Red on black friend of […]