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Photo of the Month: May

This month’s photo comes from Kiley Briggs, The Orianne Society’s Northeast Turtle Conservation Coordinator.  “A juvenile Wood Turtle at a site Orianne is partnering with USFWS and NRCS to restore riparian habitat to protect this rare and secretive species.”

Lighting a Match – April 2021

https://youtu.be/ZLpGFvKSF2o This month, learn more about fuel, fire behavior and burn results as Ben Grunwald gives us a tour of a flatwoods burn with one of our partners, The Nature Conservancy.

Seepage Swamps

Headwater stream flowing from a seepage slope – Houston Chandler On a recent trip to Georgia, I found myself exploring the mucky edges of a seepage swamp, searching for salamanders in a part of the Coastal Plain where they are often difficult to find. Compared to the rocky streams and deciduous forests of the Appalachian […]

The Mystery of Vermont’s Box Turtles

Throughout much of the United States, Box Turtles are the turtle people are most familiar with. As a completely terrestrial species that can live in and around residential developments, people have a chance to see them throughout the entire warm season, not just in the spring when aquatic turtles venture onto land to lay eggs, […]

Fieldnotes- April 2021

This February brought lots of rain to the Southeast, creating ideal conditions for a very secretive and imperiled amphibian. Join Ben as he takes advantage of the weather to try and document this dwindling species in one of its last strongholds in the state.