Tripod Turtles

  Last month during a Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) survey I stumbled upon one of the most vibrantly colored turtles I have ever seen. Easily recognized by their brown shells, black heads, and distinctly orange necks and limbs, even the more drably-colored Wood Turtles are quite striking, but this particular animal really stood out to […]

Egg Mass Identification in the Great Northern Forests

Spring Egg Mass Identification in the Great Northern Forests With winter concluding in Northern New England and already past farther south, amphibians in the northeast are migrating to their breeding habitat and beginning to lay eggs. Many of the species that breed in the early spring seek temporary bodies of water to lay their eggs, […]

Imperfect Detection: An important aspect of Eastern Indigo Snake Surveys

The 2017–2018 Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) survey season is winding down. The majority of surveys will be finished by mid-February, and the snakes will slowly start moving away from sandhills as the weather warms up in late winter and early spring. This annual movement off of sandhills makes a species that is already difficult […]

The Beginning of The Orianne Society

Chris explains how The Orianne Society started 10 years ago.

Porcupines: Bark-eating Beasties of the Northern Woods

A few years ago a visitor from South Carolina told me they saw a beaver climbing a tree in the woods behind my house. As much as I’d love to believe arboreal beavers inhabit woodlands around my house in central Vermont, it was highly unlikely. North American porcupines, which are similar in size and shape […]

February 2018

Nothing says South Texas like the iconic Texas indigo (Drymarchon melanurus erebennus). This five and a half foot male was photographed on the U.S. side of a section of the (now, infamous) “Border Wall” that was erected several years ago. It stands between Brownsville, Texas and its sister city, Matamoros, Mexico. My name is Clint […]

Ocmulgee River Floodplain & Marbled Salamander

In this month’s Fieldnotes, Ben ventures into the Ocmulgee River floodplain to look at the Marbled Salamander, a beautiful denizen of Georgia’s hardwood lowlands.

January 2018: Fire Training at Altama Plantation

 This clip goes through a portion of our fire training at Altama Plantation, outside of Darien, Georgia. Volunteers are crucial to our fire program and are trained to assist both us and our partners in implementing prescribed fire.

Mink Fogs: The Frog of the North

Ever since my first introduction to the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont back in high school I was hooked. Boreal forests, sphagnum wetlands, carnivorous plants, bubbling brooks, and moose-infested swamps all drew me back to the NEK time after time. It’s an area where the air even smells nice in a gas station parking lot! […]

Photo of the Month: January 2018

  Gary tells us, “I drove in my driveway during the summer and saw this thing sticking out of the shrub. As I got closer I realized it was a snake. I parked, ran in and got my camera, took a couple of shots, ran back in to change lenses, and took several more. When […]