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Hogback Community College  

CONSERVING VERMONT'S REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

We are delighted to announce our third season of Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians. We are thrilled that Jim Andrews will be offering this 2.125-credit class on the identification, natural history, and conservation of Vermont’s reptiles and amphibians. Jim is an outstanding teacher who excels at hands-on, field-based learning.

 

A previous participant, who happened to be a teacher, put it this way: “The evening sessions were great but I absolutely loved the field time. This was a terrific learning experience!”

“Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles & Amphibians” will give students the science and skills they need to identify most of Vermont’s reptiles and amphibians, to contribute to the Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas Project, and more!

         

About the Course

This course will introduce students to the identification, natural history, and conservation of Vermont's reptiles and amphibians, two often-overlooked taxonomic groups. In addition, students will learn how to locate, document, and report these species.

Over the course of five evening presentations and four day-long field trips, students will study reptiles and amphibians in different habitat types and/or at different times of the year. Field trips will include the use of active searches, call identification, egg-mass surveys, and live trapping. We will locate as many of Vermont’s herpetofauna (~20 species) as we can in the Hogback region (Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, and Starksboro) using the Waterworks property in Bristol as our primary field location. Students will be encouraged to use these techniques, as well as nighttime road searches, on their own and to locate, document, and report species in areas where they have not previously been documented.

Course meeting dates have been timed to introduce students to most of the species early in the field season, and then to have most of the summer to apply their knowledge and locate and report species before the final class. The final class will be a group survey of a location not previously surveyed for reptiles or amphibians. Field trips will be off-trail and may at times be physically challenging, wet, dirty, and or buggy, but a whole lot of fun.

One of the course’s goals is for students to become better stewards of their own and public lands. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience in collecting field data to assist in filling the many gaps in our knowledge of the distribution of these species in Vermont by helping collect field data for the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.

Jim Andrews

About the Instructor

James S. Andrews is an adjunct assistant professor of herpetology at UVM, coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, chair of the Reptile and Amphibian Scientific Advisory Group to the VT Endangered Species Committee, and a research associate of Vermont Family Forests. He has a master’s degree in biology from Middlebury College and lives with his wife Kris in Salisbury, Vermont.

 

Course Details

Date, Time, and Location of instruction:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall
Topic: Intro and begin Salamanders of Vermont
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall
Topic: Finish Salamanders and begin Frogs of Vermont
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall
Topic: Frogs and Frog Calls
 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 (backup date Saturday, April 13)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (bring lunch)
1st Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall (9-10am)
Topic: catch-up time, Salamanders and Frogs
2nd Location: Field trip to the Waterworks (10am-3pm)
Topic: Early Spring Amphibians
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall
Topic: Snakes of Vermont
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 (backup date Sunday, May 19)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (bring lunch)
1st Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall (9-10am)
Topic: catch-up time, if needed
2nd Location: Field trip to the Waterworks (10am-3pm)
Topic: Snakes and Late Spring Amphibians
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall
Topic: Turtles of Vermont
 
Saturday, June 15, 2013 (backup date Sunday, June 16)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (bring lunch)
1st Location: Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall (9-10am)
Topic: catch-up time, if needed
2nd Location: Field trip to the Waterworks & National Forest (10am-3pm)
Topic: Turtles and Stream Salamanders
 
Saturday, September 21, 2013(backup date Sunday, September 22)
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (bring lunch)
Location: TBD (we will survey a new location in the five-town area--alumni invited)
Topic: Applying your knowledge and skills for Herpetological Survey

 

Minimum and maximum number of students
Minimum: 8 Maximum:15


Fee: $340
Credit Hours*: 2.125 (34 hours of instruction)
*While our courses offer the structure and content of college courses, we are not seeking accreditation for Hogback Community College, nor do we currently offer credits for transfer to other educational institutions. Many teachers have taken Hogback Community College courses as part of their Professional Development requirements.

How to Apply: Download a registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc. Please complete the registration form and mail with payment to VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS to the address indicated on the form. We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.