2015 meeting in Reno, NV!

The 2015 SWPARC meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in Reno, Nevada (Jul 18-20). Watch this website for details!

PARC to launch “Habitat in Focus” campaign

On the first day of SpringMarch 20, 2015PARC will be launching its new long-term conservation campaign: Habitat in Focus. The Habitat in Focus campaign is an entirely new approach to PARC outreach that concentrates on identifying, creating, managing and restoring high-quality habitat for herpetofauna. Here is a sample of some of the diverse products and outreach efforts planned for this campaign:

  • Highlights of habitat management successes and tips to benefit herpetofauna.
  • Electronic versions of regional Habitat Management Guidelines (HMGs) to be made available which will allow for more widespread distribution of this valuable guidance for improving habitat for amphibians and reptiles.
  • Help for herpetofaunal habitat. Several PARC regions have produced guides for making an amphibian and reptile-friendly backyard. We will be working with Partners to develop guidance for various habitat certification and incentive programs to increase benefits for herpetofauna.
  • Habitat restoration training workshops. Multiple wetland restoration training workshops (coordinated through the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy) are planned for 2015.

And this is where YOU come in; we want to promote the great work YOU’RE doing to help inspire others!

We invite you to share your stories of habitat restoration, land acquisition and conservation projects, as well as examples of good management or changes in management that maintain or improve herp habitat throughout this campaign. These will be uploaded to PARC’s social media channels and website, as well as distributed through our Partner’s communication channels. These updates should be short and no more than a couple of sentences that focus on:

  • Who did the work?
  • Where the work was done or is being done?
  • What was done or is being done?
  • Why was it done or is being done?
  • What species are benefiting or will benefit from this project?

Example: “The Idaho BLM Burley Field Office completed hand cutting of encroaching juniper trees on 775 acres of aspen stands once occupied by western toads. By removing the competing junipers, the project is expected to promote aspen recovery over the long term, and maintain the more mesic conditions desired by toads.”

Please include at least one photo (more photos are welcome), along with photographer credit(s) with your project update.

Text and photo(s) should be sent to: HabitatInFocus@parcplace.org

We can’t wait to learn and share how you are putting Habitat In Focus for herpetofauna!


Desert Tortoise

New page on desert tortoises added to our resources!

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Hotel booking extended

The cutoff date for the SWPARC booking rate ($169) has been extended to May 27th. Here’s the web link for booking reservations online with the group code:

–> Book your group rate: SD Zoo Global SWPARC >>

Frogwatch USA Training Seminar

Don’t forget about AZA FrogWatch USA Training Seminar at San Diego Zoo on Sunday, Jun 8th  at the Scripps Research Building – Click this link to register.

The Frogwatch USA workshop is a go!

Registration extended to 30th of May! 

Updated information on field trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park!

Go to the 2014 meeting page to see updated information on this field trip (June 13-14)…

Call for abstracts – 2014

We invite members of Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SWPARC), and other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the ?Annual SWPARC Meeting being held this year in San Diego California, USA, June 9-13, 2014.

See Call for abstracts

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SWPARC meeting in San Diego, CA!

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2014 Meeting in San Diego, CA!

We’re meeting in California this year! Mark your calendar for June 9-11 for the annual SWPARC meeting. Field trips follow on 12th and 13th of June.

Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (FTHL) Biomonitor Training

Biomonitor training (FTHL)

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USFWS Photo by Jim Rorabaugh

In 2011, SWPARC agreed to take over biomonitor training for the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (FTHL), Phrynosoma mcallii in coordination with CDF&G and AZG&F, and the FTHL Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC).

In 2014 FTHL Biomonitor Training will take place on 20-22 May

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