The Patapsco Heritage Greenway in partnership with the Howard County Recreation & Parks and Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, presented an informative workshop about the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas, a 5-year herp survey sponsored by the MD DNR and The Maryland Natural History Society. The survey began in 2010 and ends December 31, 2014. A 2-hour informative Power Point presentation was made by Sue Muller, Howard County Coordinator for Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas (MARA), explaining:
(1) the importance of the Herp Atlas;
(2) how are species being mapped across the state;
(3) over 20 non-native herp species that have been found across the state;
(4) how to identify similar species like a Fowler's Toad from an Eastern American Toad, an Eastern Ratsnake from a Northern Black Racer, an Gartersnake from a Ribbon snake, etc.;
(5) how to contribute data or join in on group searches.
After the presentation, many participants were involved with an actual search, reviewing search techniques and safety to be able to report information you gather in the park!
We especially want to thank:
- Sue Muller for her great presentation
- Justine Schaeffer for offering the use of the Benjamin Banneker meeting room
- our PHG support team for helping to set up this event -- Betsy McMillion, Jeff Klein, Drew Henderson & Jessica Cox
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the many groups that have attended this event including the Natural History Society of Maryland, the Columbia Ski Club, supporters of the Benjamin Banneker Museum, PHG supporters, and other local meetup groups!
Thanks to all for their participation in an informative and interesting presentation!