This spring has been a bonanza for spending time in the wilds with herpetologist and all-round amazing naturalist Jim Andrews. We’ve been completing the field portion of his 2020 Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians course, which was halted by Covid, while also completing the field studies for his 2022 course, Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles. Both extensive courses (24- and 27-hours of course instruction, respectively) were offered through VFF’s Hogback Community College (HCC).
During our reptiles field studies, we met many of Vermont’s turtle and snake species up close in their home grounds. As with Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians, we learned about practices that can help conserve reptile habitat, which is the key to conserving reptile abundance and species diversity. The photos below offer a glimpse of our explorations.