Jason Michael Crockwell Curator

Joined: Sep 20, 2014 Last Active: Jun 22, 2018

I enjoy seeing and learning about what's in the wild. I enjoy photographing various taxa and hope my contributions can be used one day in somebody's research. I enjoy traveling and have several road trip photography adventures under my belt and I finally have my blog up and running which I plan to contribute to regulally of my most notable finds from all my adventures including road trips, bioblitzes and day trips.

Here's the link to my blog https://berkshirenaturalist.wordpress.com/

Equipment - I currently use a Nikon D300s with a sigma EM-140 ring flash attached to a fixed 85mm Nikon lens.

Major project interest - I am currently working on photographically documenting all the native species of slugs county by county throughout New England and bordering New York in an attempt to extend/complete the ranges documented in The Distributions of the Native Land Mollusks of the Eastern United States, Leslie Hubricht 1985. I have spent the last three years searching for and studying these slugs however due to exceptionally dry seasons progress had been slowed way down if not haulted at times but because of an exceptIonally wet season this year things are off and running with excellent success so far. My interest in the native species extends to Canada, the West Coast, Mexico, Central and South America however due to a lack of resources on several levels I felt it best to focus my main attention on documenting what I can within a reasonable distance and the family Philomycidae is my primary target.

Native slug references.

The Distributions of the native land mollusks of the Eastern United States: tps://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/21394#page/112/mode/1up

Jodi White-Mclean disertation: Has an entire section on native slugs.
http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/E0/04/36/56/00001/WHITE_J.pdf

A Guide for Terrestrial Gastropod Identification: Shows family and species state distribution
http://northamericanlandsnails.org/publications/AMS_Workbook_KEP_FINAL.pdf

All About Banana Slugs - Excellent research with species distribution map:
https://compbio.soe.ucsc.edu/slugGenome/jointGenomicsClass-23Apr2010.pdf

Pallifera Dorsalis: Pallifera dorsalis: One Species or Many?
https://msu.edu/~atkinso9/Pallifera%20dorsalis%20complex.pdf

Pallifera Pilsbryi - Arizona Mantleslug
http://madrean.org/symbfauna/taxa/index.php?taxon=77122

Terrestrial Slugs Web - Has many descriptions of species available. Keep in mind photos may not be confirmed via genetics or dissection.
http://terrslugs.myspecies.info/taxonomy/term/1433

Land Snails and Slugs of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States - Virginia
http://www.carnegiemnh.org/science/mollusks/va_imagegallery.html

CANADA

Checklist for select Canadian provinces:
http://www.mollus.ca/canada/bibliography/index.php

BC’s Coast Region: Species & Ecosystems of Conservation Concern Scarletback Taildropper (Prophysaon vanattae)
http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/factsheets/pdf/Prophysaon_vanattae.pdf

MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OFTHE LAND AND FRESHWATER SNAILS OF MÉXICO ANDCENTRAL AMERICA:
http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00010151/00001

BioBlitz/Event Participation:

2017 September 16-17
Berkshire BioBlitz
Thomas & Palmer Brook - Massachusetts

2017 July 29
Thorn Preserve BioBlitz
Woodstock - New York

2017 July 22-23
Babcock Nature Preserve BiBlitz
Eden - Vermont

2017 June 9-10
Rhode Island Natural History Council BioBlitz
Snake Den State Park - Rhode Island

2017 May 24-28
Wintegreen Studios BioBlitz
Frontenac - Canada

2017 May 19-20
Piedmont Nature Center
Durham - North Carolina

2017 May 12-13
Mercy Farm BioBlitz
Mercy Farm, Benson - Vermont

2017 April 14-18
City Nature Challenge
Boston Area - Massachusetts

2016 June 18-19
Berkshire BioBlitz
Mt. Greylock State Forest - Massachusetts

2016 June 10
Rhode Island Natural History BioBlitz
Kenyon Crossroads Preserve - Rhode Island

2016 June 4
Connecticut State BioBlitz
Hartford area - Connecticut

2016 May 29
National Park BioBlitz
Sagamore Hill Birdblitz - New York

2016 May 20,21
National Park BioBlitz
Weir Farm - Connecticut

2016 April 30
Elms College BioBlitz
Chickopee Memorial State Park - Massachusetts

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