October: Photo of the Month

A Boyd’s Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) from northeastern Queensland, Australia. These lizards inhabit tropical rain-forests, spending a majority of their time perched vertically on tree trunks. Their excellent camouflage helps them avoid potential predators.

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.  […]

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 […]

Fieldnotes- August 2019

The summer continues to be be slow for the Longleaf Savannas research staff. In order to break up the monotony of office work, Ben recently spent a day down on Jekyll Island shadowing Orianne Society member and field biologist, Chad Harrison, while he radio tracked some coastal Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes.

August Photo of the Month

Female Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) found on the forest floor in Northeastern Vermont. She was hit by a car in May and is now being tracked with radio telemetry so the progress of her recovery can be monitored. 

Tracking Scarce Turtles

One of the more challenging aspects of surveying for Wood Turtles is that they are so darn good at hiding, and they hide most of the time. Couple that with the fact that they roam thousands of feet from water to forage and are an uncommon species with a patchy distribution and it’s no surprise […]

Fieldnotes- July 2019

It continues to be a slow summer here for the Longleaf Savannas crew, as weather and river conditions are still preventing us from conducting turtle fieldwork. But in the meantime, Ben Stegenga is preparing for our Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle surveys by prepping field equipment and repairing traps. Here he takes a moment to highlight […]

Lighting a Match- July 2019

Photo of the Month- July