This past weekend I attended the annual Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) meeting. PARS is an atlas project using citizen scientists to understand the distribution and relative abundance of herpetofauna in the state. I have participated in the project sporadically–especially considering all of my research captures end up in the same database run by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Overall I was completely blown away by the amount of participation and dedication of volunteer scientists in the project. There is a strong community out there that has made a big difference in helping managers get the information they need about species in the state. If you haven’t heard of it before, definitely consider participating!