Calling all Citizen Scientists!
Report reptile and amphibian sightings as part of the Herp Atlas Project
Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources is calling all citizen scientists to help collect vital information about Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians.
Anyone can help by reporting sightings of turtles, frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards in Michigan to the Herp Atlas Project.
“We need Michigan’s citizen scientists to send us information about the reptiles and amphibians they see,” said Herp Atlas Project coordinator Lori Sargent. “We need information on all species, no matter how common or rare they are.”
The Herp Atlas Project is the first statewide inventory of reptiles and amphibians ever conducted in Michigan. Its purpose is to document the distribution of Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians, collectively known as herpetofauna or “herps.”
Although local surveys have been performed in several areas, the Herp Atlas is one of just a few to be conducted over multiple years. Observations of all herp species will continue to be collected, and data collected will be mapped to evaluate species’ distribution over the entire state.
“With continued effort, we can document changes in herp populations,” added Sargent. “The …read more