Amphibians and Reptiles of Hopkins Forest with Tom Tyning

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 3, 2014—Thomas F. Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College, will lead a foray in Hopkins Forest to look at a variety of its habitats and species from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The walk starts at the Rosenburg Center in Hopkins Forest and is free and open to the public.

The aim of the foray will be to look for frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, and turtles. Tyning will lead an exploration of a variety of habitats, including forests, ponds, and streams, and to find and learn about the identification, life history, and behavior of some of the 20 species that inhabit Hopkins Forest.

Tyning is author of A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles and is an authority on New England natural history and habitat and focuses mainly on amphibians and reptilian species and habitats. In addition to his position at Berkshire Community College, he has served as an adjunct professor at Antioch New England Graduate School and Springfield College, where he teaches courses in amphibian biology, herpetology, field entomology, and field ornithology. He has worked as a field biologist and master naturalist with the Massachusetts Audubon Society for 24 years. Tyning is the author of many articles, columns, and books on nature, and is currently the managing editor of Herpetological Review.

Tyning received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Massachusetts.

Hopkins Forest, which is owned and operated by Williams College, is located at the intersection of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at


Published April 3, 2014