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 […]

Fieldnotes- June 2019

Ephemeral wetlands are important for many southeastern amphibians, but they also serve an important role in the life histories of many snakes and turtles. This month Ben recounts some observations he made during Spotted Turtle surveys and explains how annual wetland drying can really benefit some southeastern reptiles.

Fieldnotes – April 2019

Fieldnotes- February 2019

As a keystone species, Gopher Tortoises are a vital component of a healthy Georgia sandhill, so the Orianne Society actively promotes tortoise conservation through prescribed fire, habitat restoration, outreach, and monitoring. This winter Ben has been working on a new project where he’s mapping tortoises along Georgia’s public roads. Join him on one of these […]

Indigo Defensive Strategies

Join Ben in this month’s episode of Fieldnotes as he explores the wide array of defensive strategies displayed by the “Emperor of the Forest”, the Eastern Indigo Snake.

Fieldnotes- December 2018

In this month’s installment of Fieldnotes, we’ve kicked off the 2018-19 Eastern Indigo Snake survey season, and Ben takes a moment to discuss the seasonal behavior of Georgia indigos, while showcasing Humboldt, a large male from our mark-recapture study.

Fieldnotes- November 2018

The early fall months are prime time for observing Georgia’s sandhill snake species. Join Ben in this episode of Fieldnotes as he shares a recent encounter with one of the Southeast’s most elusive upland snakes, the Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus).

Fieldnotes- October 2018

During this special vacation edition of Fieldnotes, Ben joins his brother Nathan, TOS member, Ian Garrison, and US Forest Service biologist, John Rohrer for some rattlesnake telemetry and Washington field herping.

Fieldnotes- September 2018

Join Ben Stegenga and Jonathon Bolton as they kick off our trap survey efforts for Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys suwanniensis) in previously unsurveyed sections of South Georgia rivers. A huge thank you to TOS member Tucker Ennis for helping with fieldwork and providing additional video.