Hellbenders Get Their Day

With a face perhaps only a mom (or avid herper) could love, and facing declining population numbers, the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis) could use some good news. According to Dr. Stephen Spear, Assistant Conservation Scientist with The Orianne Society and a visiting scientist at the University of Idaho, some very good news arrived this […]

The Orianne Society Helps PARC with the Year of the Snake Efforts

2013 is the Chinese Year of the Snake (YOS) and Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) has launched a campaign to raise awareness for snake conservation issues throughout the year. The Orianne Society, who has partnered with PARC since our inception, has stepped up to help run and contribute to this campaign, along with […]

Who Has Heard Of The IUCN?

Have you ever heard of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)? It’s the oldest global conservation organization in the world, dedicated to conserving biodiversity. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Gland, Switzerland, the IUCN is a large network of conservationists that come together to hold a neutral forum for scientists, governments, non-government organizations […]

Wildlife Action Plan Revision Team

Utah is a truly wild place, with a diversity of landscapes including the Mohave Desert, the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and portions of the Rocky Mountains. Most of these landscapes are in some form of federal ownership with approximately 60% of the state protected as public land. All this protected land provides habitat for […]

Searching for the Bushmaster in Panama and Costa Rica

In December, I had the opportunity to visit La Mica Biological Station and Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos in El Copé, Panama and in the vicinity of Parque Nacional Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The goal of this trip was to explore the habitat of two Bushmaster species (Lachesis stenophrys in Panama and […]

Keeping Rattlesnakes Connected

Conservation biologists have long been concerned about how the growing human footprint will affect vulnerable species. A lot of this focus has been on protecting core habitat and this is obviously very important. But we have learned that simply protecting isolated patches of habitat isn’t always good enough. Isolated populations may be wiped out by […]

More Than Hoped For….

The past month in Highlands County, Florida, has ushered in cool nights with fair weather days. The changing temperatures have signaled some changes in the behavior of the Eastern Indigo Snakes I am radio tracking as part of The Orianne Society’s study on the effects of habitat fragmentation and landscape change on Eastern Indigo population […]

From Fear to Lifelong Dedication

As a child, Dr. Christopher Jenkins, CEO and Executive Director of The Orianne Society, grew up in a fairly rural area of New England, and spent a great deal of time outdoors, but arrived at being a career herpetologist in a unique way. Like most children, he was always interested in everything outdoors, including most […]

Momma’s Boy

I stood motionless in front of the large tortoise burrow apron, my front teeth working my lower lip, pondering the very fresh shed skin of an indigo snake. Stretched its full length, a good couple of meters, the shed seemed to be glued to the ground. Then, under a tight clump of sand live oaks […]

Interview with Carlos Camp

Carlos D. Camp, herpetologist, is a Professor of Biology at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. He has been on the faculty at Piedmont College since 1983. Don’t let the homespun, son-of-a-south-Georgia-Baptist pastor persona fool you. Carlos is a scholar of international acclaim, and a teacher/mentor par excellence. Steady research efforts and numerous scientific publications over […]