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Photo of the Month – September

Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) preying on a Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus).

Lighting a Match- September 2019

Estimating salamander dispersal distances to inform management decisions

I have written previously about the importance of maintaining and restoring connectivity at a landscape scale to reduce the negative effects of fragmentation on natural communities.  Even though the importance of maintaining connectivity is well-understood in the conservation community, direct measures of connectivity between animal populations that can inform specific management objectives are often lacking.  […]

Fieldnotes- September 2019

In a world with increasing human development, Gopher Tortoise translocations are an unfortunate reality in longleaf ecosystem conservation. While it’s far from an ideal situation, we try to make the best of it by saving tortoises from impending development and strategically releasing them where they’ll bolster existing populations. In this month’s episode, Ben works on […]

Varied Habitats Key to Wood Turtle Success

Looking down into many river valleys in Northern New England you’ll see forested mountains, rolling hills with patches of woods and dotted hay fields and pasture, and extensive floodplain wetlands with a clear, gravel bottom stream meandering through the middle. Wood Turtles don’t necessarily need access to absolutely everything such a view (apart from the […]