2018 MHS Annual Field Survey!!
Where:  Jay Cooke State Park
When:  June 8-10,  2018.


MHS has reserved a block of campsites at Jay Cooke St. Park for the survey and are available to MHS members on a first come, first served basis on Friday, June 8. MHS volunteers will likely not have to pay for the campsite, and work permits will be issued for free for those who do not have a state park sticker for their vehicle. MHS will provide firewood, so please do not bring firewood into the park! Please observe the Survey rules and do not wander off to search on your own! There may be sensitive species in this park (not only herps species). Please be respectful and stay with the group.
Some general information about the survey:
The MHS Field Survey is performed in cooperation with the MN DNR. We perform the survey to provide the MN DNR and the park an updated list of amphibians and reptiles occurring within the park.

•    You must be a current member of MHS to attend the survey (exceptions must be pre-approved by Survey Chair).

•    Please follow the rules and guidelines set forth by MHS and the Survey Chair.

•    The survey is open to all MHS members from those with no field experience to seasoned herpers. Experienced herpers can teach those with little or no experience. Typically, this is a group event; please be respectful of others as there will be members with differing levels of field expertise.

•    MHS provides firewood, park maps, permits, food, and drinks. Entrance and campsite fees will likely be furnished by MHS this year. If you have to pay, keep your receipts so MHS can reimburse you later.

•    Please bring your own clothing and field/camping gear. Individuals should bring their own nets, snake bags, etc.

•    Surveys begin Friday evening and usually go until mid day Sunday. Feel free to stay for the entire survey, or attend one day or part of one day. Please sign in with the Base Camp Coordinator when you arrive, and sign out when  you leave so we can track your survey hours.

•    Sign up before attending the survey. Likewise, notifications of cancellations are also encouraged as we try to organize group searches. We don’t want to leave anyone out, but we also don’t want to wait for people who signed up but aren’t going to show. Sign up for the survey at the May or June MHS monthly meetings, by email, or by phone (contact below).

For information about the park: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00187#homepage

Please observe the park rules (found here): http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/rules.html

If you have questions, please contact me at Reptilia74@aol.com or leave message at 651 488 6388

Hope to see you there!
Jeff LeClere,
MHS Field Survey Chair



2017 Field Survey
June 9-11, 2016 — Blue Mounds State Park

2016 Field Survey
June 10-12, 2016 —Whitewater State Park

2015 Field Survey
June 12-14, 2015 —Beaver Creek State Park

2014 Field Survey

June 13-15, 2014 Minneopa State Park

2013 Field Survey
June 14-16, 2013 — Glendalough State Park

2012 Field Survey

June 8-10, 2012 — Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

2011 Field Survey

June 10-12, 2011 — Rice Lake State Park

2010 Field Survey

June 11-13, 2010 — Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

2009 Field Survey

June 12-14, 2009 — Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

2008 Field Survey

June 20-22, 2008 — Afton State Park

2007 Field Surveys

May 19, 2007 — Sand Coulee area about 1 mile south of Hastings

June 8 -10, 2007 — Annual survey at Frontenac State Park.

2006 Field Surveys

June 3, 2006
—- Field herping clinic at the Haig residence in East Bethel, MN. The purpose was to teach MHS members various methods for finding herps in nature. This program was geared for those who have never herped and wished to learn, but was also diverse enough for anyone with more experience.

June 10, 2006 — The annual MHS Field Survey for 2006 was held in Sibley State Park. It was a weekend long event with the goal to document new county records and submit an annual report to the MN DNR.

[singlepic id=251 w= h= float=none]MHS members take photos of a wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
found on a field trip to Lake Maria State Park in 2001.

Volunteers search a field for active herps.

Volunteers search a field for active herps.

Volunteers search under cover for hiding herps.

Volunteers search under cover for hiding herps.

Volunteers documenting and photographing herps in the field.

Volunteers documenting and photographing herps in the field.

Setting and checking turtle traps.

Setting and checking turtle traps.

Setting minnow traps in a vernal pool for larval amphibians.

Setting minnow traps in a vernal pool for larval amphibians.