PYNH 11 Recap

  Taken by Alli Scott Written by Houston Chandler The Tennessee River Gorge was carved through the mountains just west of Chattanooga by a wide stretch of the Tennessee River.  It is home to an impressive herpetofaunal assemblage, including many species of salamanders that make the Appalachians famous as a hotspot for salamander diversity.  However, […]


Fieldnotes With Ben Stegenga: Black Swamp Snake

Dive into “Fieldnotes with Ben Stegenga” for a sneak-peak into the day of an Orianne Field Biologist! Through this series, Ben will share with you his discoveries of the day, methods used to collect data and survey for reptiles and amphibians and discuss interesting facts about the wildlife in the area! For most, a Black […]

The Red-backed Salamander

Story shared by Kiley Briggs Meet the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). If you’ve ever rolled over a rock or log in a northern New England hardwood forest there is a good chance you’ve already met. If you’re like me and look under almost every rock, log, or piece cover you’re capable of lifting, there’s […]

Lighting A Match With The Orianne Society: Creating Fuel Breaks

Welcome to “Lighting a Match with The Orianne Society!” This is your one-stop-shop for all things land management focused! Land management is an integral part of reptile and amphibian conservation, however, many people often overlook this vital step in conservation. Our staff will take you behind the scenes throughout this series to explain the intricate […]

September Featured Photo

Photo: @John Curlis Location: Costa Rica Species: Casque-headed Lizard (Corytophanes cristatus) “I got super lucky finding this Corytophanes at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. I was there as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Georgia’s Tropical Ecology in class in May. I was actually trying to get good photos of Yellow-Headed Geckos […]

Orianne’s Newest Employee in the Great Northern Forests

Authored by Kiley Briggs Two of my largest life goals from an early point were to own a home on a property with Mink Frogs (Lithobates septentrionalis) and to have a conservation job in the field of herpetology. Last March I closed on a house in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and, though I have yet to […]

Counting Burrows and a Glimpse into a Hidden World

Authored by Houston Chandler Combine a full day of walking in the Georgia sun with ample amounts of sand and sweat and you are halfway to experiencing what a long day sampling for Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) in late summer feels like. Near the end of August, we began surveying suitable habitat patches (sandhills) on […]


Authored by Brannon Knight The Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve is truly a unique piece of property that we get to work on each day. The preserve alone consists of over 14 natural plant community types and 380 species of plants that have been documented. Out of the 380 species of plants, there are over 22 […]

A Summer with Orianne

Authored by Will Baxter-Bray This summer I’ve had the amazing opportunity to spend close to two months working as a volunteer with the Orianne Society. I’m going into my senior year of high school this Fall, and I’ve been interested in conservation for a while now, so getting a chance to work with one of […]