The Missouri Herpetological Association held its fourth annual fall field trip on Sunday 27 September 2009 at Coy Bald, Hercules Glades Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest, Taney County, Missouri. Habitats searched included glades, wooded hillsides, shady ravines, and a portion of Long Creek.
Twenty (20) members, representing six different institutions, caught or observed more than 116 individual reptiles and amphibians, representing a total of 18 species.
The entire weekend was characterized by cool temperatures, including the morning of the field trip. The total species list along with numbers of individuals can be seen below. The racer, slider, and box turtle were represented solely by individuals found dead on the access road to Coy Bald. Spring peepers were heard calling in several places and a freshly-hatched southern leopard frog egg mass was found in a roadside puddle.
Front row (kneeling and standing): Brian Edmond (MSU), Nora Humfeld, Rob Humfeld, Dayna Glanz, Emily Blaine, Drew Blaine, Pete Blaine.
Second row (standing): Carl Gerhardt (UMC), Caleb Humfeld, Sarah Humfeld (UMC), Michael Reichert (UMC), Flavia Barbosa, Trisha Crabill (USFWS), Jessica Wood (UMC).
Third row (standing): Mitch Tucker (UMC), Richard Daniel (UMC), Jeff Briggler (MDC), Katy Klymus (UMC), Robert Aldridge (SLU), Glenn Manning (UAM).
Key: MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, SLU=Saint Louis University, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia, USFWS=US Fish and Wildlife Service.