In the earliest days of spring, some amphibians and reptiles are already stirring from their winter shelters. Frogs, toads, and salamanders are moving to their breeding pools, where they are calling and finding mates; turtles and snakes are emerging to bask in the sun. Learn about these spring “herps” from speaker, Mike McGraw, MES, QAWB, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ecologist, Pennsylvania Branch Manager, Applied Ecological Services; Delaware County coordinator for the PA Herp Survey. He will discuss how to identify these creatures, how to protect and enhance their habitat, and how you can submit observations as a citizen scientist. The program is followed by an optional field walk on the Brandywine Conservancy marshlands where attendees will listen for the sounds of the earliest calling frogs.
We will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s lecture room by 6:30 p.m. Please enter the museum through the riverside entrance and follow the signs to the lecture room. Make sure to bring waterproof hiking shoes and a flashlight if you plan on staying for the optional walk after the program. The walk will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. and could last up to an hour.
This event is hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy and will take place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA. Questions can be directed to 610-388-8386 and more information is available online here.