Winter Lecture Series: Amphibians & Reptiles of Dauphin County
Records from museums, collections, publications, and early statewide atlas projects list 42 species known to occur in Dauphin County. The current statewide atlas project PARS (Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey) has also documented 42 species in its 6-year ongoing effort. Yet these 42 species are not the same between both lists. Seven species have been added to the county lists and therefore seven species are missing. What happened to our herps over the last 30 to 60 years? David McNaughton, the Assistant Wildlife Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at Fort Indiantown Gap, will discuss all of Dauphin's species and their habitats, scientific methods for surveying and documenting our species, and some of the resources all of us can use for more information.