I have finally wrapped up Michigan for 2011 as well. I had mentally thought this was a banner year, but was surprised to see myself fall short in a few categories. Here were my goals for this year, as well as my Ohio results.
Michigan Goals 2011
1. Oakland County massasaugas at new locals.
Check. I added one new Oakland County local, but struck out at many more.
2. SE Michigan spotted turtle
Epic fail. Luckily, there is always next year...
3. Wood turtle from a new river system
Check. It looks like I paddled 5 times last year. 3 of them were new rivers, all of which I found at least one turtle. One trip I paddled a couple new sections of a previous river, but a few counties over. We scored one turtle. The last day, I once again paddled the Rifle River. This river historically had wood turtles, but it is unclear if they are still present. This was once again a failure.
4. MI spotted salamander.
Laughably, epic fail.
5. MI newt (?!??!)
Laughably, epic fail. This is actually humorous.
6. 200 + record year
(reaching 300 or 400 is possible in Ohio, but I expect it to be difficult in MI due to the much shorter field season and much lower diversity. I just don't see the same numbers of animals as I did in Ohio)
Epic fail. Sadly. I worked hard this year and I thought for sure I would hit 200. I ended up around the 145 mark! Makes me wonder how I ever saw 300-400 a year in Ohio. Looking back, I recorded 0 herps in March due to being in Hawaii. This hurt. It also looks like I didn't herp once in August. Ouch. I had just returned from Arizona in July to a newly purchased home. Molly probably would have killed me, but I should have gotten out once or twice...
7. Lay tin. Check. I purchased and put out a few car hoods. None of which have produced a year later. I need to get more aggressive on this front.
8. MI box turtle. Epic fail. I never got over to where they are a bit more common, but I keep hoping to stumble across one in the SE.
All in all, not a terrible year. The wood turtling definitely kept things honorable.
So for 2012. The goals I have been working on.
1. Wood turtles from new river systems.
2. Rifle River wood turtle.
3. Fox snakes from new counties, specifically Macomb.
4. SE Michigan Spotted turtle
5. MI spotted salamander.
6. MI newt.
7. Lay more tin. More tin.
8. MI Box turtle.
9. Herp the UP (a western fox, wood turtle, or mink frog would make this even more sweet.)
10. Record a respectable 150+ records for 2012.
2012 is more than half over and I have been working hard on a bunch of these. Sadly, I have a ways to go.