Orianne Society Publications: A Critical Component of a Science-Driven Mission

Examples of publications authored by The Orianne Society staff members – Houston Chandler The Orianne Society’s mission focuses on using science to inform the conservation of imperiled reptiles and amphibians. The scientific research that Orianne conducts is broadly aimed at filling knowledge gaps in our current understanding of rare species. Answering these questions will illuminate […]

Technician Spotlight: Andrea Colton, Searching for Spotted Turtles

Andrea with one of this season’s last indigo snake captures – Ben Stegenga Andrea Colton recently wrapped up a three-month technician position surveying for Spotted Turtles in southeastern Georgia as part of a multi-state monitoring project. Finding new Spotted Turtle populations in Georgia has proven to be a monumental task over the last three years. […]

Seepage Swamps

Headwater stream flowing from a seepage slope – Houston Chandler On a recent trip to Georgia, I found myself exploring the mucky edges of a seepage swamp, searching for salamanders in a part of the Coastal Plain where they are often difficult to find. Compared to the rocky streams and deciduous forests of the Appalachian […]

Sampling for Wood Turtles

The Orianne Society spends a significant amount of time working on Wood Turtles in Vermont as part of the Great Northern Forest initiative. But did you know that Wood Turtles can be found in approximately 15 other states and in some parts of southeastern Canada? Despite this relatively large range, Wood Turtles are listed as Endangered by the IUCN and have already experienced population declines throughout most of their range, making them one of the rarest freshwater turtles in North America.

Ambystoma Nights

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) from the mountains of Virginia. – Houston Chandler On cool rainy nights from late fall to early winter something incredible happens across much of the United States. Ambystomatid salamanders leave their subterranean refuges and migrate towards breeding wetlands, often in large numbers that can transform shallow wetlands into a frenzy of […]