Amphibians are among one of the most imperiled groups of animals on earth and many reptile species are in sharp decline, even here in Vermont. Increasingly, reptiles and amphibians are receiving attention from state, federal, and non-profit conservation organizations, so knowledge of and experience with these secretive animals can be an asset in the fields of ecology, conservation, and education. Throughout this two-day course, participants will learn about the almost 30 species of frog, salamander, snake, and turtle found in Northeastern Vermont, including how to identify them, their ecology, habitat requirements, and the methodology used by biologists to sample their populations. The course will include a combination of active searches, standardized surveys, catch-and-release trapping, radio telemetry, and educational presentations such that participants become confident in their ability to identify each species occurring in Northeast Vermont, what their conservation needs and threats are, and some of the methods used by professionals to study their populations in the wild.

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These seasonal, woodland ponds harbor the greatest collections of biomass in the northern forest. Learn about life in a vernal pool from the perspective of everything from salamanders and frogs to fairy shrimp and predaceous diving beetles. Presented by NBNC’s Zac Cota, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Kevin Tolan.

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Join NBNC naturalists to learn more about our Amphibian Road Crossing program. Each April, amphibians migrate by the millions from upland forests to wetland breeding grounds, often crossing roadways at their peril. NBNC’s ARC program trains volunteers to survey migration sites to help amphibians across the road while collecting valuable data that informs local conservation and transportation planning efforts. In this Q & A, NBNC Staff will discuss amphibian ecology, and tips for participating in this great, COVID-compatible Citizen Science program for all ages!

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Inside-Outside is a network of educators and institutions that are committed to the practices of nature based education for all students. NBNC Teacher-Naturalist, Zac Cota, will reveal the science and wonder of our amazing amphibians, showcase citizen science opportunities, and highlight curriculum connections. Come prepared with your slimy and slippery salamander questions, and your best frog call imitation!

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