Turtle Dogs 2014

I had the pleasure of joining WDNR to help catch turtles again this year with dogs (see last year’s post for more info). We were looking for ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata) again and WDNR was able to hire the same trainer as last year, John Rucker. John travels all over the ...Read More

The beauty of island life; chasing lizards on pacific islands.

It’s been a long time since i’ve posted a blog here. Fact is that life is very busy at the moment sorting out all the data and analysing the samples I brought back from my trip to New Zealand (studying salt excretion in coastal skinks).  In the mean time a lot has happened ...Read More

First Time Road Cruising

Whenever I go to new places I always try to sneak in some field herping. I think that’s a characteristic of any herper! I was in west Tennessee for the 4-H state wildlife judging competition with my team June 11th and 12th. The day we got to Hardeman County it was raining ...Read More

A modest proposal

It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with red eared sliders of the female sex. These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood in their native ...Read More

Field Herping in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains- a remarkable place that words cannot describe. It is also well known by herpers as Salamander Capital of the World. Recently I had the opportunity to visit this place for the first time. I’ve always wanted to go there! I love the mountains, humidity, and habitat features of the Smokies- ...Read More

Treefrogs and Toads Calling in Wisconsin

The early summer frog species are now calling in Wisconsin. Most of the spring species have stopped calling but a few like the boreal chorus frogs have stuck around because the weather has been so nice. I recently performed a frog call survey in southern Wisconsin where the American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) ...Read More

2014 Salamander Rescue

Earlier this year a group of volunteers from Stantec, WDNR, Madison Area Herpetological Society, and the general public joined me to help eastern tiger salamanders cross two roads west of Madison, WI. We were helping the salamanders move across the roads from their upland wintering habitat to the lowland, wetlands that serve ...Read More

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy 3rd Birthday to us! This month TWH celebrates our third year. We started in June 2011 while our co-founders Sara and Brandon were living in Portland, Oregon. Over the next three years we moved from Oregon to Texas then to Wisconsin. Along the way several authors joined us from all over ...Read More

Desert Reptiles and Climate Change

California is currently in what many are calling a 500 year drought.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor 71.78% of California is currently under an extreme drought and the Governor of California has declared a drought emergency which included, among other things, suspending the California Environmental Quality Act. Many streams and rivers ...Read More

Utah Frogs and Toads

My good friend Chris Crockett is a Native Aquatics Project Leader with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. I’ve known Chris for about 14 years. We met while I was an undergrad and he was a grad student at Murray State University in Kentucky. Like most of us at MSU Chris was ...Read More