Lizards & Snakes
Lizards & Snakes
Cortland Herpetology ConnectionAbout the Cortland Herpetology Connection
Here's how CHC can help your class get involved in the survey of New York reptiles and amphibians.
The Cortland Herpetology Connection (CHC) is a program of SUNY Cortland's Biology Department designed to encourage high school students around the state to participate in the study and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.
The CHC helps provide high school students with meaningful, hands-on field biology experience as volunteers for the New York Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. The project is directed by Dr. Peter Ducey, with Kim Sweeney (also at SUNY Cortland) as project coordinator, in collaboration with Al Breisch of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Craig Cramer is webmaster and media consultant. Support comes from the New York State Great Lakes Protection Fund, which has a special interest in watersheds that drain into Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A grant to Matt Chapman and Ducey from the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles helped CHC get off the ground in '97.
The project seeks individual students or whole biology classes to survey the amphibian and reptile populations in their area and report what species they locate. These records will be added to the growing database developed from work by other students, volunteers, and professional biologists. The information will be important for conservation efforts and management decisions around the state.
Here's how CHC can help you get started:
Participating classes will receive educational packages, including:
Some classes may also receive a presentation about amphibian and reptile
biology and conservation in New York. We are also planning events when high
school teachers and some of their interested students can visit SUNY Cortland
for presentations about the conservation and biology of amphibians and
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