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Recent Articles

Photo of the Month: March

This month’s photo is a silhouette of the landscape during a controlled burn. It was taken by our very own Ben Grunwald, Land Management Technician Crew Leader for the Longleaf Savannas Initiative.

Lighting a Match – February 2021

Ben Grunwald, Land Management Technician and Crew Lead for the Orianne Society Burn Crew, talks about what happens when burning ten years of thick, rough buildup.

Lighting a Match – January 2021

Ben Grunwald, Land Management Technician and Crew Lead for the Burn Crew at the Orianne Society, is at Moody Forest with an update on current conditions and how work conditions have changed for socially-distanced burning during Covid times.

Species Spotlight: Wood Frogs

All across North America, the sounds of frogs ring in the start of spring. Listen to a recording of an early spring chorus with several species and you may be able to figure out roughly where the recording was made as every region has its own unique spring mix of amphibian vocalists. In Vermont where […]

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 […]