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The history of
Michigan's amphibian and reptile
populations is sketchy. Local surveys have been performed in several areas, yet
only a few over the long-term. Other than the recent Michigan Frog and Toad
Survey initiated in 1996 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR),
no statewide surveys or monitoring of amphibian or reptile
populations has been done. The purpose of the Michigan Herp Atlas Project is to gather data
about Michigan's amphibians and
reptiles (herpetofauna or "herps") in order to document the
distribution of all herps in Michigan. With continued effort,
we will be able to document changes in the populations.
types of data were accepted in the first two years of the Atlas Project,
including existing data from research projects, knowledge of various species in
a particular wetland, and any others. Now entering it's third year, the
project's primary focus is shifting to areas of the state or particular species
for which we have little information. The DNR is now seeking herpetologists and others with herp expertise to conduct surveys in those areas. Opportunistic
continue to be accepted.
If you're interested in participating, be
sure to download the
Michigan Herp Atlas Project Guide for further information.
Before venturing into the field, be sure to download copies of the
Atlas Survey Card for recording your data. Be sure to complete the survey cards
as completely as possible before submission. If you have specific
questions about the Atlas Project, contact
Lori Sargent, Michigan Herp Atlas
Project Coordinator, via e-mail.
See the Michigan Herp Data Entry Framework website at www.MIHerpAtlas.org.
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