May 3, 2012
Herpetology Survey, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Sponsored by the Virginia Herpetology Society, the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the U.S. National Park Service
Leaders: Caroline Seitz and Brent Steury
This survey will have three segments – morning, afternoon and evening. Participants are welcome to do one, two or three. It will occur rain or shine, but not during a storm with thunder and lightning. Park in the BelleHaven picnic area parking lot.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Terrestrial survey in several areas of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. Meet at 10 a. m. in the Belle Haven parking lot to form teams. Look for the “Reptiles Alive” van.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch (bring a picnic lunch) & Survey Recap/Count for the AM survey
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Water survey via kayaks and canoes [bring your own boat] Meet at the Belle Haven Marina Boat Launch area
5 p.m. to sunset Dinner (on your own)
7:45 p.m. to9 p.m. (starting at sunset) Evening survey for frogs calling [bring a flashlight] + Final Species Tally and numbers Meet at the Belle Haven Parking area – look for the Reptiles Alive van
What to Wear and Bring
Prepare for all weather, for walking through brambles and woods, in muck, over rocks and on uneven surfaces. Wear waterproof shoes/boots or old shoes that can get muddy and wet. No one will be expected to wade into deep water.
Bring sun protection, camera, binoculars, notepad, pen, a garbage bag.
Bring lunch and/or dinner. There will also be time to leave and buy lunch and dinner.
Bring a flashlight if you are doing the evening walk.
RSVP: Please let one of the following know if you plan to participate and when:
Caroline Seitz, Virginia Herpetology Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenda Booth, Friends of Dyke Marsh, email@example.com
Brent Steury, National Park Service, firstname.lastname@example.org