I won't keep harping on this but wanted to give my best shot at promoting the idea...with excerpts from NAHERP's about
The premise of NAFHA and its NAHERP database is to unite North American herpers with the purpose of collecting quality field data on the distribution and ecology of North American reptiles and amphibians. Here is a recent data request showing what kind of detail a data requester must provide. (you may be required to be logged in to the NAHERP site to view this and the following links) http://www.naherp.com/user/view-data-re ... hp?dr_id=2
The request is then approved or not by vote by you and me.
Data entered into the (HERP) database, and through the NAFHA forums, can be useful to biologists, state and federal agencies, authors, and other interested parties who may request field data from NAFHA members. Queries are voted upon by the members and data may or may not be released, depending on the vote.
Over 500 forum users are inputting data into NAHERP with a total of nearly 47,000 entries since 2006. Field Herp Forum users (that would be you) are no doubt the most active herpers in North America. Together they also possess the most knowledge regarding distribution, habitat, habits, etc, more than any biologist , university prof or other entity. So I say why not participate and enhance the recorded knowledge about the animals we love. Our data will be used by field guide writers, among others.
Guys that you all know like, for example, Brian Hubbs with 140+ and Fundad with 300+ entries since April are among the leading contributors of data.
This is a link to an interesting spreadsheet showing who is entering what recently. http://www.naherp.com/reports/quarterly.php
Here's a cool map showing reporting activity by county. http://www.naherp.com/activity.php
And a species(?) diversity map. http://www.naherp.com/diversity.php
Map of counties that have records. http://www.naherp.com/taxon.php?taxon