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matt burne
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Biologist/ecologist with a particular penchant for vernal pools and their wildlife.
Biologist/ecologist with a particular penchant for vernal pools and their wildlife.

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Great Big, Tiny Treat
We are getting close to the beginning of spring here around Boston, MA. Today was a balmy 55° F under clear skies (by mid-day), and we'd been having some light precipitation over night last night. No murmurings of amphibian movements...anywhere, which seems...

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Female garter with two courting males. Photo Matt Burne Out on a short walk this afternoon, I stopped just short of stepping on a small garter snake ( Thamnophis sirtalis ) basking in the middle of the trail. My colleague, who is interested in getting over ...

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mind = blown
I confirmed something interesting today. Hyla versicolor , the gray treefrog, is not our only versi-colorful frog, as I think I've always sort of assumed. I came across this (very large) female toad sitting on a stump in the woods. She is fairly colorful fo...

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Amphibian migration is underway, and bringing out lots of folks.

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Big(ish) Night
Salamanders and frogs are starting to move about in the Boston area, and are bringing out lots of people. Last night (Sunday, 3/30/14), conditions were fair to middling for amphibians - it wasn't raining very hard, if at all, there was a bit of a breeze, an...

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Spring is under way. Lots of interesting stuff out there!

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The spots on a spotted salamander ( Ambystoma maculatum ) are much like our fingerprints - each animal has a unique number and pattern, and it's highly variable. Though rare, or at least uncommon, occasionally spotted salamanders are found that have almost ...

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A new, short blog post at the start of the spring amphibian migrations!

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Under Way 2014
Spring has sprung! A damp, warm night brought out the first salamanders in the Boston area over night. Pools are still at least partially iced in (and water levels are quite low), but a few intrepid males came out over night to get an early jump on breeding...
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