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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.
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.
Date, Time, and Location
Minimum and maximum number of students
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.