Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians
Hogback Community College Course
Dates: This 23-hour course begins February 4, 2020 and ends Saturday, June 13, 2020. See schedule table below for details. (Four 2-hour evening lectures, February 4,11,18, and 25, 2019; three 5-hour field trips, April 4, May 16, and June 13, 2019.)
Cost: $230 ($10 per instruction hour)
Learn the identification, natural history, survey techniques, conservation, and management of Vermont’s frogs and salamanders with herpetologist Jim Andrews. The class will begin with four Tuesday-evening PowerPoint presentations in Bristol, VT and then finish with three Saturday field trips to varying amphibian habitat types. We will find and discuss most of Vermont’s amphibians while reviewing the material in the lectures and discussing conservation management. Lectures will take place at the Bristol Town Offices from 7 to 9 PM and the field trips will take place on three Saturdays at various locations in west-central Vermont. This class is not graded and the only required homework is to get out on your own and do one night-time road search, one egg-mass search, and one active search at sites of your choosing.
This course is designed for adult professionals working in land management and conservation, naturalists of all levels, and life-long learners. The field trips will be off trail but only moderately challenging.
Past students have used this course to meet various certification credit requirements for professional development.
*We have applied for forester continuing education accreditation for this course from the Society for American Foresters and should hear back soon. We’ll update this posting as soon as we hear about accreditation.