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Recent Articles

On the Longevity of Turtles

I would wager that the oldest wild animal in almost every state in the lower 48 is some sort of turtle, but knowing exactly how long they can live is a fairly tricky matter to resolve. Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta), for example, have been confirmed up to at least 55 years of age in the […]

The Status of Ophidiomycosis (Snake Fungal Disease) in Georgia and Beyond

Wildlife diseases have become increasingly prevalent over the last several decades. Chytrid fungus has been linked to dramatic population declines and extinctions in numerous amphibian species, and white nose syndrome has decimated many bat populations in the eastern U.S. Since originally implicated in the decline of a Timber Rattlesnake population (Clark et al. 2011), there […]

Photo of the Month: July

Elusive Wood Turtles

“I’ve lived here my whole life and if there were orange-legged turtles crawling around on my farm I’d know about it”. We’ve heard iterations of that line several times now, and perhaps my favorite followup quote, uttered moments after finding two Wood Turtles near the farm’s river ford, went something like “I’ll be dipped in […]

Lighting a Match- July 2020

Brannon Knight, Director of The Orianne Society’s Longleaf Savannas Initiative, checking on the preserve and the outcome of past controlled burns. walk through the preserve and learn about how controlled burns help keep the preserve healthy and optimal for life in these rare habitats.