Nongame Update from the N.H. Fish and Game Department
Contact: Michael Marchand, Wetlands Biologist (603) 271-3016
March 31, 2008
Reptile and Amphibian Identification Web Pages Now Available
Whether you are an active Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP) volunteer or just interested in identifying the snake in your back yard, a new tool is now available for New Hampshire wildlife enthusiasts!
We've added species profiles for all N.H. reptiles and amphibians to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website (Turtles, Frogs, Snakes and Salamanders). These profiles have species descriptions (Conservation Status, Description, Life History, Threats) and photographs that help identify species. In the section on frogs, you can even listen to the various calls of New Hampshire frogs, which can help with species identification when frogs are heard, but not seen.
The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program at N.H. Fish and Game coordinates a Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP) through which citizens and professionals can report their sightings of reptiles and amphibians observed in New Hampshire. Data recorded through this program help biologists monitor the status of species and develop appropriate conservation strategies to maintain reptiles and amphibians in New Hampshire's landscape long-term.
Also new on the Fish and Game website, you can view town distribution maps based on all RAARP reports through January 2008 for New Hampshire's reptiles and amphibians (just click on a species and scroll down to 'Distribution Map'). These maps will help volunteers "fill in the gaps" where town records have not been reported. Even the most common species, such as green frogs and painted turtles, have unreported areas of the state where they likely do occur.
Check out the new materials and report your sightings to the N.H. Fish and Game Department on the forms provided.
Electronic reports and photographs can be sent via e-mail to: RAARP@wildlife.nh.gov. If submitting reports via email, please make sure to provide adequate details on your observations (see format on reporting slips). Paper reports can be mailed to the N.H. Fish and Game Department, Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH 03301.
Thank you for your continued interest in New Hampshire's nongame wildlife.
-- Mike Marchand, Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program Biologist