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DNR seeks public's help in reptile, amphibian count


Many of the world's reptiles and amphibians are disappearing, and what's especially worrying biologists is that they don't know why. It could be loss of habitat. It could be increased predation. It could be several factors working together. But so far, no one has been able to explain the losses.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is doing its part to get a handle on the local reptile population by creating a statewide database to provide a baseline for future studies, and it's asking the citizenry at large to take part.

The Herp Atlas study began three years ago in cooperation with the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and through 2007, the DNR wants everyone interested to fill out cards listing the frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards they spot at various places in the state.   more...


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