How to Participate

Any landowner in the Rogue Watershed within Oregon can pick up a free plywood coverboard from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office in Central Point. Landowners with lots of land or multiple habitat types might consider 2 or 3 boards to spread around.
Address:
1945 E Gregory Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502

In collecting a board you are agreeing to check under the board once every two weeks in April and May and upload pictures and the location of any reptiles or amphibians you find under the coverboard to this iNaturalist page.

The cost of these boards, and those used in the research project operating on Denman Wildlife Area, was generously covered through a grant from Oregon Wildlife Foundation. Given the limited availability, if your board is still in good condition and you no longer wish to participate we ask that you return the board to the Central Point ODFW office.

Once you have your board, you can place it flat on the ground (like the metal board in the cover photo). Then, let work its magic (SCIENCE!)!!!
Please be patient with the herps! It can take them several months to find the wonderful source of warmth you have placed for them. During colder fall and winter months the herps are more likely to seek out deeper, warmer refuge and won't likely use the board at all. However, keeping the board in place will continue to create favorable conditions under the board for when weather improves in spring and summer.

This is a fun project for all ages and you get to do it from your own backyard!

Posted by sworegon_ocs sworegon_ocs, August 23, 2018 01:22

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