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Amphibians & Reptiles

MMNS Herpetology Research
Contact Tom Mann


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Research Interests

  • Status and distribution of reptiles and amphibians in Mississippi
  • Life history, ecology, and density of Graptemys oculifera in the Pearl River.
  • Movements of turtle species between the Tennessee and Tombigbee rivers via the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
  • Status of reptiles and amphibians on state parks and wildlife management areas.

 

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Amphibian Monitoring

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WHAT IS MAMP?

The Mississippi Amphibian Monitoring Program was a volunteer-based anuran (frogs and toads) statewide monitoring for Mississippi's frog populations.

MAMP was first established in 2001 with six surveyed routes. MAMP was canceled in 2015 due to a lack of federal funding.

At its peak, there were 76 routes statewide and 27 species recorded.

MAMP followed the protocols set by NAAMP, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program which ended in 2015 as well.

Each route was surveyed by a verified volunteer three times a year, in the late winter, spring, and summer. The route has 10 stops located near a wetland, pond, stream, or other water feature. Each stop was monitored for five minutes and all calls heard were recorded according to a calling index. Data was then entered online.

WHY IS MAMP NEEDED?

Data gathered on MAMP routes contributes to information on the distribution of frogs and toads in Mississippi.

This data was added to that gathered around the nation to obtain a better picture of how species are doing throughout their ranges.

Several species of frogs are listed on Mississippi's Species of Greatest Conservation Need list. These species are either already listed as threatened or endangered or there is concern that they will become so.

The long-term monitoring provided by MAMP will help us better understand the health of frog populations and enable us to protect critical habitats before it's too late.

MAMP IN 2023

MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) seeks to bring back the MAMP program for the 2023 season but with a few updates.

First, we created an app to record data in real-time.

Second, we are revamping the routes and adding acoustic recorders to routes that never had data, are difficult to access, or are hot spots we want to target for certain species of concern.

So. stay tuned to this webpage for additional updates.

Please contact Jennifer Frey (MAMP coordinator) at Jennifer.frey@mmns.ms.gov for additional information.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCES

For all Gopher tortoise, Gopher frog, and Black Pine snake-related items, please contact Jennifer Frey (Southern Conservation Resource Biologist): Jennifer.frey@mmns.ms.gov.

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