Showing posts from July, 2019

A New Group of Master Herpetologists Unleashed on the World!

Another semester of the Master Herpetologist program just came to a close, and we certified a group of talented Master Herpetologists. This course has been an exceptional experience for me, and a lot of fun — a great way to get to know other critter enthusiasts and advocates in the area. This semester, we also we lucky enough to have esteemed guest lecturers like John Jensen from GA DNR (now retired) introducing the course, giving a background of the reptiles and amphibians of Georgia, as well as state policies and regulations, Grover Brown from the University of Southern Mississippi talking about — turtles, of course, and Dr. Chris Jenkins of the Orianne Society lecturing about snakes. We are honored to have such authorities come and share their experience and knowledge with our students.

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State-of-the-Art Rainchamber Opens at the Amphibian Foundation, Increasing Capacity for Global Frog Conservation

We are pleased to announce the completion of an 8'x6'x3' rainchamber in the classroom of the Amphibian Foundation. This multi-faceted enclosure will allow us to breed rare and endangered frogs from the tropics and sub-tropics — even species from high elevations.

The enclosure has sunrise and sunset, a fully controlled temperature down to the mid 50's, a stream setting for species that breed in riparian zones, plus rain, fog, and mist. The vast majority of the supplies and equipment were donated by Zilla, a sponsor of the Amphibian Foundation.

The rainchamber was designed to accommodate many species from the tropics and subtropics and provides suitable nesting sites for just about any frog species. Whether they breed aquatically, terrestrially, on leaves over water, in bromeliads, or tree holes, we made every effort to provide these types of areas within the enclosure. The overall effect is a naturalistic and beautiful miniature ecosystem, and so far the plant communiti…

A great article on why you should 'Give Your Yard Back to Nature'!


Master Herpetologist Program Summer Field Trip: Amphibians!

This weekend, we embarked on the Amphibian Field Trip with this summer semester's Master Herpetologist Program, and we did really well! Especially considering that a hot summer day in Atlanta is not typically the best conditions in which to find amphibians.

For the Amphibian Field Trips, we go to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Dekalb County, which is one of my favorite places to look for amphibians in metro Atlanta. It is also a repatriation site of ours for Spotted Salamanders (Ambsytoma maculatum) where the data suggests we have successfully reintroduced the species, which hadn't been seen on the preserve in 20 years. Unfortunately, we didn't find any on Saturday, but the summer is a terrible time to look for them. We did, however, conduct a 2 hour field survey of the property.