Lighting a Match – March 2021

https://youtu.be/Ydk_xRWZhvU What are pyrophytic plants? What is a mosaic burn? Learn more this month on Lighting a Match as Ben Grunwald, Land Management Technician and Burn Crew Lead for the Orianne Society, takes us inside one of our recent burns!

Sampling for Wood Turtles

The Orianne Society spends a significant amount of time working on Wood Turtles in Vermont as part of the Great Northern Forest initiative. But did you know that Wood Turtles can be found in approximately 15 other states and in some parts of southeastern Canada? Despite this relatively large range, Wood Turtles are listed as Endangered by the IUCN and have already experienced population declines throughout most of their range, making them one of the rarest freshwater turtles in North America.

How to Help Turtles Cross Roads

So you’ve found a turtle on a road. Now what? This is a very common question, and it is no secret that roads pose major issues for all kinds of wildlife, turtles included. Turtles are slow on land, and when startled, tend to just hide in their shells rather than flee, so unlike a squirrel […]

Species Spotlight: Wood Frogs

All across North America, the sounds of frogs ring in the start of spring. Listen to a recording of an early spring chorus with several species and you may be able to figure out roughly where the recording was made as every region has its own unique spring mix of amphibian vocalists. In Vermont where […]

Ambystoma Nights

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) from the mountains of Virginia. – Houston Chandler On cool rainy nights from late fall to early winter something incredible happens across much of the United States. Ambystomatid salamanders leave their subterranean refuges and migrate towards breeding wetlands, often in large numbers that can transform shallow wetlands into a frenzy of […]