By Jessie Forand/ECHO Even when they're not working, ECHO's animal care staff love spending time with the incredible wildlife tha...

Species Sightings with Animal Care

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By Jessie Forand/ECHO

Even when they're not working, ECHO's animal care staff love spending time with the incredible wildlife that lives around the state.

Steve Smith, director of animal care and facilities management, and Shannon Kane, environmental exhibits specialist, both shared some photos from their recent treks.

While out kayaking to Leffert's Pond, Smith kept an eye out for fish and herps (reptiles and amphibians).

Most people bird watch or track mammals, Smith said, but he opts for fish- and herp-spotting instead. He saw fish defending scrape nests, schools of young swimmers, and some creatures who seemed a little curious towards his camera.
Can you see the newt? Photo Steve Smith/ECHO
Kane ventured out with Jim Andrews, herp expert and coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, where she found a number of species.

Andrews is a great resource - if you find herps in your world, contact him to share your observations. This data can help the state conserve these critters and broaden our knowledge of their history and distribution around Vermont. See vtherpatlas.org for more.


Saying hello. Photos Shannon Kane/ECHO











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