Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project
The Northeast Chapter of NAFHA has partnered with the Maryland Natural History Society in their ongoing Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project. The project, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is in its second year of a five year project to document Maryland's 95 species of herps. Similar to their breeding bird atlas project, MARA will be used to determine the status of the state's herpetofauna. NAFHA Northeast Chapter is taking part as volunteers and county coordinators in the project. The Northeast's own Conservation Officer, spinifer, is both a county coordinator and is leading a verification team that will confirm the data which is submitted by volunteers statewide. NAFHA chapter member Brian Goodman is the MARA coordinator for Harford County and is assisted by members Scott McDaniel and Mark Zimmerman. Kyle Loucks is on the verification team and will be accompanied by other members as they volunteer time collecting data for the project. Chapter member spllogics' web talents (http://www.paherp.com) are being utilized to automate the data submission process and the verification program. The Northeast Chapter members' spring 2011 trip will be to southern Maryland and will target areas where data is lacking or where more species need to be verified.
If you are passing through Maryland and plan to herp there, please see the website or contact one of the Northeast Chapter members on how you can help.
More information can be found at the Natural History Society of Maryland web page at http://www.marylandnature.org.