The Herpathon™ is a 12-hour intensive volunteer survey designed to identify amphibian and reptile diversity and distribution within Michigan’s unique urban landscapes. The goal is to provide much-needed data for areas where surveys are limited or nonexistent. Past Herpathon events have been held at Belle Isle and Humbug Marsh on the Detroit River. This data is provided to the MDNR HerpAltas project as well as to the USFWS Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. This information will be used to assess the distribution and diversity of reptiles and amphibians in heavily populated areas, as well as aid in management strategies for species at those sites. This event is intended for volunteers to HAVE FUN!!!

Past participants have included members of the Detroit Zoo, DTE Energy, Friends of the Rouge, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Bowling Green University, the University of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority, and the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy.