Mapping Maine’s Amphibians and Reptiles in 2022
With over 33,000 square miles of Maine to survey, and 34 species of reptiles and amphibians, accurate species mapping is a challenge! To help cover this vast area, Maine’s wildlife biologists rely on community members to share their observations, including you!
Observations are shared through the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project (MARAP), one of the longest running citizen science projects in New England. With each submission we gain a more complete biogeographic picture of the state’s reptiles and amphibians.
You can help!
Whether or not you have participated in MARAP before, the 2022 is a very exciting time to get involved! Data submitted this year and next will be the last to be included in the third edition of Maine Amphibians and Reptiles, scheduled for publication by University of Maine Press in 2024.
Participation is open to citizen scientists of all ages and experience levels, there is no minimum number of observations required, and our new online submission form makes contributing to the project faster and easier than ever!
Any time you spot a salamander, frog, turtle, or snake in Maine, take a photo and submit it with the following information:
Number of individuals
Species (don’t worry if you are unsure, MDIFW biologists will review every record)
Your contact info
Location- Use a street address or use the map feature to add a GPS location.
That’s all there is too it! You can upload your data using the online form when you have a connection at your computer, or download the app ahead of time to use it offline in the field.
Uploading your observations through the popular iNaturalist website or app is also a great way to share data with MARAP. This might be a good option for those who are still learning to identify species because the app provides assistance with identification of your photos.