Volunteers help to fill reptile, amphibian data gaps

CONCORD – While spending time in New Hampshire’s woods and wetlands this year, help the Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program by reporting wildlife sightings. Your efforts help biologists fill in gaps in the data for seldom-seen reptiles and amphibians, including the Fowler’s toad, Eastern hognose snake, and several species of salamanders, frogs, turtles and snakes.

New Hampshire Fish and Game collects this information to help monitor the state’s reptile and amphibian populations.

Information and reporting forms are available at www.wildnh.com/nongame/reptiles-amphibians.html.

"The Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program has been a very useful tool for gathering species information in New Hampshire," Fish and Game biologist Michael Marchand said.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 500 volunteers have submitted more than 10,000 wildlife records.

Although reptiles and amphibians are often the focus of reporting at this time of year when they’re coming out of hibernation and moving into wetlands, biologists also encourage your reports of vernal pools. These are often small, isolated wetlands that are full of water for only part of the year, making them easily overlooked.

The publication "Identification and Documentation of Vernal Pools in New Hampshire" and the Vernal Pool Reporting Form are available at www.wildnh.com/nongame/vernal-pools.html.

Biologists want your reports on other species, as well. To report additional species, such as birds and mammals, use the Wildlife Sightings reporting website at nhwildlifesightings.unh.edu. Mapping tools allow observers to pinpoint the location of their observation, and photographs can be uploaded as part of your submission.

For more information about the state’s wildlife, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/profiles.html, where you will find resources to help identify frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles and the habitats that many of them rely upon.

For more information, visit www.wildnh.com/nongame.