Eric Davison has over fifteen years of experience conducting amphibian, reptile and bird surveys in Connecticut, eastern New York and Rhode Island. Herpetological survey measures utilized include all techniques necessary to identify amphibians and reptiles in aquatic and terrestrial environments including audial and visual surveys, dip-net surveys and cover-searching as well as various live-trap techniques such as minnow, hoop-net and pit-fall traps.
Much of our work involves wetland surveys to identify, map and assess vernal pools and survey for State-listed (endangered, threatened or special concern) amphibians, reptiles and birds. Amphibian and reptile species commonly surveyed for include:
eastern box turtle. (Terrapene c. carolina)
spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)
wood turtle (Glytemys insculpta)
ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus)
northern spring salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus)
blue-spotted salamander complex (Ambystoma laterale)
Jefferson salamander complex (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)
slimy salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)
Avian surveys include habitat-based breeding bird inventories using a proprietary bird database developed by Davison Environmental as well as detailed breeding bird surveys using field techniques such as point-count surveys for large-scale areas, call-back surveys for cryptic species or nocturnal surveys for owls and goatsuckers.