Flying Insect Declines Highlight the Importance of Ecosystem-focused Conservation

Last month, new research was published in the journal PLoS ONE detailing a greater than 70% decline in flying insect biomass in protected areas in Germany. Even more concerning, these declines occurred in just under three decades. To identify biomass declines, the authors sampled flying insect communities in 63 protected sites over a 27-year period […]

The perils of crossing the road

In today’s world, there are numerous threats to worldwide amphibian and reptile diversity, ranging from habitat loss and fragmentation to human persecution and over-collection for commercial exploitation.  In many places the human population continues to expand while simultaneously pushing into previously unsettled or sparsely populated areas.  With this expansion generally comes an ever denser network […]

Migratory Snakes

The changing seasons have the snakes on the move, heading for cover, returning to dens where they will overwinter (this is called “ingress”, i.e., the act of going in). Of our Coastal Plain snakes, adult Eastern Indigo Snakes disperse around April to May, up to one to three or more miles from Gopher Tortoise colonies […]