Now that warm temperatures are back again, reptiles and amphibians are out and about — if you appear all-around, you may well be in a position to place them. Maybe you’ve listened to spring peepers or wood frogs calling. Or maybe you have observed a garter snake slip through sprouting blades of grass.
If you see any frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, lizards or turtles when out checking out purely natural locations, parks, trails or even your community, be sure to report your observations to the DNR.
Observations deliver beneficial data on tendencies, distribution and relative abundance for Michigan’s reptile and amphibian species and advise the conservation efforts outlined in Michigan’s Wildlife Action Strategy.
“Reptiles and amphibians advantage from conservation perform performed by the DNR and companions, but we also need to have assistance from local community scientists to track how their populations are executing,” mentioned Amy Bleisch, DNR wildlife technician. “Your observations assistance provide that facts.”
Retain an eye out for scarce species like Blanding’s turtle, jap box turtle, noticed turtle and wood turtle, as perfectly as the threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Submit your studies at Michigan.gov/EyesInTheField.
“It is especially critical we get sighting reviews of these exceptional species to support condition our conservation attempts listed here in Michigan,” reported Bleisch.
Reviews of other reptile and amphibian sightings also are appreciated and can be shared at MIHerpAtlas.org. The Michigan Herp Atlas is a neighborhood science application administered in partnership with Herpetological Resource and Management to obtain observational information on Michigan’s herpetofauna, or “herps.”
In addition to reporting observations, you can guidance conservation attempts for scarce reptiles and amphibians through the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund. Study far more about Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians and how you can enable at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.
Thoughts? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.
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