Reptile and amphibian enthusiasts are invited to join in the first herpetology survey of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, set for Saturday, May 20, at Pinehurst Elementary School.

Conducting the survey are the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the Southern Oregon University Biology Department.

Herpetology derives its name from the Greek word "herpein," meaning "to creep," and includes such animals as frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and crocodiles.

The survey is designed to discover the diversity of herp species living in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Citizen scientists are welcome to join in on the survey.

Check-in is between 8 and 9 a.m. at the BioBlitz Base Camp, located at the school at 15337 Highway 66, Ashland.

Two SOU herpetology students will lead groups of approximately six citizen scientists to survey diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the monument.

The survey will require moderate hiking through uneven terrain which may include muddy and wet brush/meadows to record observations, take vital signs of the specimens found, record GPS coordinates, and take photographs for field identification.

Teams will be selected on the day of the event based on preferences of location and terrain. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will gather afterward to compile information obtained by the teams and enjoy a slide show of findings.

Participants should bring lunch, trail snacks, water bottle, sturdy waterproof footwear, layers and sun protection.

The Herpetology BioBlitz is limited to 50 people. A waiting list will be kept in the order that participants register, and they will be notified of any vacancy.

Questions may be directed to Katie Boehnlein at

Register at (search events for 2017 BioBlitz: Herpetology).