Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project

Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas

The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) is a five-year, joint project of the Natural History Society of Maryland and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.



Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas!!! Your efforts made the Atlas a success.

Data collection for the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas concluded in all counties, except Garrett County, December 31, 2014. Data collection in Garrett County will continue through 2015. Any amphibian and reptile sightings from Garrett County will be accepted through 2015. Sightings may be submitted to the county coordinators for Garrett County.

The goal of the MARA project was to document the current distributions of Maryland’s amphibian and reptile species using a systematic and repeatable approach. The Atlas will establish a baseline for future efforts to determine changes in the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Maryland. The information gained through volunteer effort will be used to promote the conservation and protection of Maryland’s amphibians and reptiles. Understanding the current distribution patterns of amphibians and reptiles within the state is needed to create effective conservation strategies.

View Project Results and Status or MARA Database

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