|Flattened musk turtle, Sternotherus depressus|
It's the beginning of serious field season for me. I'm trapping flattened musk turtles at a concrete bridge removal site on Brushy Creek in Bankhead National Forest to get them out of harm's way before tomorrow's scheduled demolition. It's also red-cockaded woodpecker nesting time, and I need to be about three other places at once to monitor nests. On top of that, I'm preparing final maps and assimilating publication-quality images from numerous sources for two volumes that will update Bob Mount's The Reptiles and Amphibians of Alabama. Oh, and co-editing a natural communities book. More on all that later.
Finally, check out Dave Steen's excellent blog over at Living Alongside Wildlife. It's been a while since I actually went there (sorry Dave!), but I just did and I like what he's done with the place.