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Herping: New Friends and New Experiences

May 01, 2024
Cole Tomlinson, Parks Canada
Luke Peta, Government of Alberta



In this contribution to The Drift Fence, friends Cole (CT) and Luke (LP) share their summer 2023 adventures field herping in the prairies of Saskatchewan.… Read More



Experiential Learning and Diversity in Herpetology: Field Research In Ecology and Evolution Diversified

March 14, 2024
Reta Lingrui Meng, PhD Candidate at McMaster University
Aaninguaq Peterson, Alumni, University of Toronto



Field Research in Ecology and Evolution Diversified (FREED) is a grassroots organization whose goal is to increase access to field research experience, community building, and career mentorship for Indigenous, Black, and/or Racialized (BIPOC) students. The approach of FREED is to provide a rigorous and safe field work experience for primarily undergraduate students who share a passion for ecology, evolution… Read More



Ronald James Brooks - In Memoriam (1942 – 2023)

January 20, 2024
David Galbraith, Scott Gillingwater, David Green, Joe Crowley, Jackie Litzgus, and Patrick Moldowan



Ronald J. Brooks, Professor Emeritus of the University of Guelph, died on Monday 18 December 2023. The depth and breadth of Ron's contributions to herpetology, zoology more broadly, and to conservation in Canada are hard to summarize. For his many colleagues, often former students, his death is a personal loss.… Read More



"Well, hello, Frog number 982091075369878"

November 12, 2023
Megan Winand, MSc Candidate, University of British Columbia



It is another day in Mayook Marsh, a wetland just outside Cranbrook, BC on the traditional and unceded territory of the Ktunaxa Nation. At a scorching 38 degrees Celsius, I am bathed in sweat under the relentless sun. With each step my right foot squelches from the pool of water I've collected in my leaky waders. "HUZZAH!" In the distance, a Columbia Spotted Frog perches on a mound of exposed mud, as if waiting just for me.… Read More



Cross Border Collaborations for the Majestic Leatherback

August 21, 2023
Amy Mui, PhD, Lecturer, Dalhousie University



I wanted to write this blog because I recently witnessed two magnificent things. One being the age-old process of enormous Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) mothers emerging from the surf and delicately sculpting nests for their eggs… Read More



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