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Hogback Community College                                          CONSERVING VERMONT'S REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

Announcing HOGBACK COMMUNITY COLLEGE's Only 2-Credit Course Offering for 2012!

We are delighted to announce our second season of offering Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians through Hogback Community College. We are thrilled that Jim Andrews will be offering this 2-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.

One of last year’s students, 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.

 

Course Details

Date, Time, and Location of instruction:

Day

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday

February 8, 2012

7pm-9pm

Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall

Wednesday

March 14, 2012

7pm-9pm

Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall

Wednesday

March 28, 2012

7pm-9pm

Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall

Saturday

April 7, 2012

(Back-up date: April 14)

9am-3pm

The Waterworks, Bristol

Wednesday

April 25, 2012

7pm-9pm

Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall

Saturday

May 19, 2012

(Back-up date: May 20)

9am-3pm

The Waterworks, Bristol

Wednesday

June 6, 2012

7pm-9pm

Conference Room, Bristol Town Hall

Saturday

June 16, 2012

(Back-up date: June 17)

9am-3pm

The Waterworks & National Forest Field Trip

Saturday

September 1, 2012

(Back-up date: September 2)

9am-3pm

Five-Town Area, TBA

 

Minimum and maximum number of students
Minimum: 8 students maximum: 15 students
Fee: $320
Credit Hours*:   2 credit hours (32 hours of instruction)
*While we do not plan to seek accreditation for Hogback Community College nor offer credits for transfer to other educational institutions, we are exploring the possibility of establishing an association with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) through which people may seek such credits. A typical 1-credit college course involves 16 hours of class time. Hogback Community College charges $160 per credit hour).

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.

 

 

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