Manitoba Herps Atlas Blog

Keep up with what's going on in the Manitoba Herps Atlas right here! Check back regularly for updates.

October 7, 2017

A sad news report to pass along: Slaughtered Snakes. What's most disconcerting is the lack of worthwhile response from Sustainable Development.

October 1, 2017

Well, summer's definitely over now and most herps will be getting ready to shut down for the winter. On warm, sunny days there will still be the chance to spot a snake or two basking on a roadway, or at the Narcisse Snake Dens, but not for long.

With the herp viewing season about over, I hope those of you that are filling up your record spreadsheets will send them along shortly. Bye for now.

Sept. 20, 2017

Earlier this summer I decided to stop sending out periodic emails to folks that had signed up for the MHA contact list. After 6 years, interest in the project is waning (which is only natural) and I wanted to spend more time on other efforts. But in place of regular emails I've started up this blog, where folks can check in to see what's going on with the project and get updates about critter activity. Essentially I'll still be putting out the same information as I did with the emails, I just won't be clogging up people's in-boxes, and the onus will be on individuals to check in and get any updates for themselves.

The MHA on is NOT going away, it will remain active, just at a lower profile. I'd also encourage people to make use of the province's iNaturalist projects: Go Wild Manitoba which also includes a version of the MHA that you can use from your smart-phone.

At the recent conference of the Canadian Herpetological Society in Brandon, Manitoba (Sept. 15 - 18, 2017) I was honoured to receive the Silver Salamander Award for my work on the MHA. Although I was unable to attend, my friend, Dr. James Duncan, was there to accept the ward on my behalf, and on behalf of all the folks that have participated in the MHA! I put the website together, but the involvement of all of you made it a success!

Critter-wise for this time of year, things are cooling down, literally, at the Narcisse Snake Dens. It wont be long before all the snakes will be back under ground. Warm, sunny days over the next couple of weeks may offer the last opportunities for some snake viewing. Herps in general will be slowing down and looking for overwintering sites now, but warm days will still offer decent critter viewing. Bye for now.

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