Rattlesnakes: Protect-Educate-Conserve

On June 16th, 2020 we are going to begin a month long celebration of rattlesnakes through our Protect – Educate – Conserve campaign. This campaign will culminate on July 16th, 2020 – World Snake Day! We will provide daily clips from the field with Dr. Chris Jenkins as he monitors Timber Rattlesnake populations in the Southern Appalachians. These clips will be filled with natural history information, will dispel common rattlesnake myths, and will work to show how rattlesnakes are important animals that deserve conservation. You can follow Dr. Jenkins’ posts on our social media or through the hashtags:
#WorldSnakeDay2020 #SnakeTalk or #ChrisJenkins

Movin’ Lizards: Indigo Magazine Preview

The Orianne Society’s Indigo Magazine recently featured an article by Chris Slesar about Vermont’s first amphibian underpass and the many years of hard work he and others dedicated to make it happen. Indigo Magazine is a perk issued exclusively to Orianne Society members, but we are making this article available as a preview due to […]

Spring in the southeast: In search of Spotted Turtles

By Trina Wantman During spring 2019, the Longleaf Savannas crew spent the majority of our time conducting inventory surveys for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia and Florida. As a Spotted Turtle Technician, I traveled between both states locating and surveying potential habitat for this cryptic species. Daily tasks included setting traps and conducting visual […]

Spotted Turtle Days 2018: Involving Orianne Society Members in Conservation Research

Finding ways to involve Orianne Society members in research has always been a difficult assignment. There are real issues related to disclosing survey site locations for rare herpetofauna to large groups of people, not to mention the logistical challenges associated with having large groups of people in the field at the same time. This year […]

Mapping the Genetic Connectivity of Eastern Indigo Snakes in Central Florida

Written by Javan Bauder   Connectivity is a very important theme in conservation biology and refers to the ability (or lack thereof) of individuals to move among habitats across a landscape. Good connectivity is important for many reasons. For example, if a population goes extinct other individuals can immigrate to the site and restore the […]