2017 Review: A year of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the research, monitoring, and outreach accomplishments made by the Longleaf Savannas Initiative (LSI) over the past 12 months.  It has been a year full of hard work, hot days, incredible observations, and fascinating reptiles and amphibians.  We traveled all over southern […]

Winter is Coming: What is an ectotherm to do?

As 2017 rapidly draws to a close, the nights have gotten cooler in southern Georgia, with some semblance of winter arriving in the not so distant future.  For reptiles and amphibians, shortening day lengths and the arrival of cooler weather signal a shift in behavior and a need to find winter refugia.  Reptiles and amphibians […]

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 […]