Lizards & Snakes
Lizards & Snakes
Cortland Herpetology ConnectionHow to
A step-by-step guide to get your class
involved with the CHC program.
- Contact Dr. Pete Ducey at SUNY
Cortland to receive the informational packets.
- Review the materials and explore our web site. Contact Dr. Ducey if you
are interested in:
- Having a presentation at your school.
- Attending a meeting at SUNY Cortland (with selected students or by
yourself) which will include a small group of other teachers and students from
around NY State. The meeting will be designed to encourage greater interest in,
study of, and appreciation for amphibians and reptiles.
- Organize your class or some selected students (or just go yourself) to look
for amphibians and reptiles in your region. We are interested in all areas
(from backyards to remote forests) and all species (from common to rare). Take
careful notes in the field of what you find. Release all animals where you find
them. Some tips for finding amphibians and reptiles
are included in the packet and at the web site.
- Fill out Atlas cards (provided in your packet), one card for each locality
and date. Directions on how to fill out the cards are provided in the green
Atlas volunteer handbook.
- Send the cards to Dr Ducey at the Cortland Herpetology Connection address
below. He will proofread the cards, checking for errors or problems, assemble
the data in a database and pass on the cards to the NYS DEC. We will prepare
reports on how the high schools are doing, and we'll post this information at
our web site and mail it to all participating classes. The NYS DEC will also
add these data to the complete state-wide Atlas.
Additional contact information:
Dr. Peter Ducey
of Biological Sciences
Cortland, NY 13045
Special thanks to all those who generously loaned images and other
help. See our
credits page for more information.