you to our 189 volunteer atlassers, who submitted 6190 records over the
five years of the atlas, as well as many recent historical
records! They were keen and dedicated, and the atlas could not
have been done without them.
also took hundreds of photographs of the animals they saw, many of
which are posted on this website.
What happens next?
data collection phase ended on Sept 30, 2003. The fall and winter have
been spent checking, editing and analyzing the records, and gathering
information that will help to interpret the data. First drafts of the
text are being prepared by several authors.
Atlas of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Nova Scotia will
be published in 2005, and will map and interpret both the atlas and
historic data, and summarize all other new information about each
The project website is still
accessible, and the database can be searched and mapped, but entry of
new records will be temporarily disabled. This year the website will be
modified to serve as a data repository for the continued monitoring of
amphibians and reptiles in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Herpetofaunal Atlas
... is documenting the
distribution and abundance of Nova Scotia's amphibian and reptile
species (collectively referred to as 'herps'). Information was
collected for five years (1999-2003) by volunteer atlassers. This
data will provide a baseline against which we can make
future comparisons, and can be used to document rare species
occurrences, analyze population trends, examine habitat requirements
and aid in conservation planning and land use management.
Currently, there is a
world-wide concern over the serious decline of herp populations,
especially amphibians. Many of the potential causes are human
induced: destruction, alteration, and fragmentation of their
habitat that creates barriers to herp movement, road kills, pesticides,
fertilizers, acid rain, and the pet trade.
Our individual actions
and land use decisions influence Nova Scotia herp populations.
The NS Herp Atlas Project provides an opportunity for members of the
community to participate in research. As major
contributors, Nova Scotians have a stake in the success of the project;
their involvement will lead to increased appreciation of herps and
greater awareness of the threats faced by reptile and amphibian