Welcome to Snapshots in Time, a long-term Citizen Science project aimed at mobilizing people to monitor the timing of Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) and Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) breeding throughout the respective ranges of these species. The purpose of this project is to use the data collected by on-the-ground citizens year-after-year to investigate possible effects of climate change on the timing of reproduction. Determining changes in the timing of breeding is very important, not just for these species, but others that use the same habitat. The results of this project could allow us to inform land managers and development planners of important areas for conservation and look deeper into what other species in these ecosystems may be negatively affected by climate change, including some endangered species.

This is what is commonly referred to as a phenology project. Phenology is the study of periodic events in a plant or animal’s life cycle, such as breeding or migration, and how the timing of these events are influenced by changes in the climate. Phenology allows us to understand variations in breeding times, even in limited geographic areas or specific sites, to develop a range-wide picture of any shifts in the timing of breeding.

Our objective is to collect data long-term, so those that choose to participate in this project are encouraged to do so at the same sites year after year when possible.

If you are interested in spreading the word about this project, please download a copy of our “Snapshots in Time” press release here.

UPDATE: As of January 2016, we have teamed up with HerpMapper to collect all observations and will no longer be using the prior observations form on our website. The advantage of using HerpMapper is that you now will be able to use a mobile app to take observations in the field. Much of the data input for HerpMapper is similar to what we had requested with the previous datasheet, and you can use the comments field to enter additional information. To submit data for Snapshots in Time, please enter “Snapshots in Time” in the comment field so that we know you are participating in this project. An important thing to note is that HerpMapper requires both voucher photos and exact locations, so please collect these data when in the field. The mobile app will automatically prompt you for this information. Information about using HerpMapper can be found at www.herpmapper.org. And please e-mail info@oriannesociety.org with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Related Information

2014 Observations Report

Click here for a report of the submitted observations for Snapshots in Time 2014.

Data Sheets and ID Guides

Data collection sheets for the Spotted Salamander and Wood Frog, and Species Identification Guide.

Range Maps

Range maps for the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) and Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Breeding Times

Click here for a map of typical breeding times for Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs.

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