The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, working jointly with the Maryland Natural History Society, has begun a 5-year effort to document the distribution of all species of reptiles and amphibians in Maryland. Known as the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, or MARA, this project will establish systematic baseline documentation that will support future research, conservation and protection efforts.
This effort began in January 2010 and will continue statewide through December 2014.
Surveys are based upon a statewide grid system using U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute quadrangle maps, each divided into six blocks approximately 10 square miles each.
Volunteers choose their region, conduct field work and document the roughly 95 species and subspecies of frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes known to occur in Maryland.
If you'd like to be involved in this historic effort to document our amphibians and reptiles, click here to visit the MARA website for details or click here to contact your County Coordinator. You can also download project materials, including the Data Form and the MARA Handbook for instruction, newsletters, identification aids and lots of other helpful information.
Click here, then go to Getting Started in the left column to submit your data online. Make sure your hard work is recognized.
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