This just in from the PARC listserve:
We are honored to report that on Sunday evening, during The Wildlife Society’s Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation received The Wildlife Society’s Group Achievement Award, which recognizes an organization’s outstanding wildlife achievement. PARC joins other imminent conservation organizations, including the Wildlife Management Institute, the Nature Conservancy, the [International] Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and many other productive and respected wildlife conservation groups as a recipient of this award. Read more about the award and past winners here: http://www.wildlife.org/who-we-are/awards/group-achievementSpecial thanks to Dr. Jessica Homyack, current SE PARC Senior Co-chair and active member of The Wildlife Society, who submitted the nomination with support from several active PARC members, including those who are also members of The Wildlife Society.And, PARC couldn’t win such an award without the tireless efforts of our members and product/project development volunteers throughout the country who engage through our Regional Working Groups and growing number of State Chapters, who have made us become group with so many notable achievements. Thanks to all of you!We are humbled by, and so grateful for, this recognition from such a pre-eminent conservation organization as The Wildlife Society. We will post photos from the award ceremony on our website soon!
Be a part of history and submit your photographs and other images to Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s Southwest Habitat Management Guides (HMG’s). We are attempting to expedite production of this important publication and the use of still images is an extremely important concept for the user-friendly HMG’s. See Photo needs SW PARC HMG Sept 2013 Instructions. Deadline 1 November 2013.
2014 Designated Year of the Salamander!
Welcome to all attending the SWPARC 2013 meeting!
We have a great agenda and are anticipating a fruitful meeting.
We’ll start with an evening social at the Albuquerque Biopark on Monday, July 8th at 6:30pm. Our main meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9th, at the Lobo room on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building at the main campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Workshop and a field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th.
NOW AVAILABLE:Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians, with application to the United States and Canada Editors: Gabrielle J. Graeter, Kurt A. Buhlmann, Lucas R. Wilkinson, and J. Whitfield Gibbons
This book provides an excellent resource for biologists, land managers, and consultants, particularly those who are non-herpetologists, to understand the animals in their geographic area of interest. This project has been supported by the US Forest Service and the Department of Defense, which allows us to make the book available at a relatively low cost ($50) with any proceeds returned directly to amphibian and reptile conservation efforts via our funds managing partner, the Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy.
- Includes both Amphibians AND Reptiles
- Summarizes sampling techniques for inventory versus monitoring
- Contains a species-by-technique reference matrix listing all U.S. and Canadian species and indicating suggested techniques for each
- Provides info at two levels of inventory (short-term vs. comprehensive) and two levels of monitoring (presence/absence vs. population status).
Visit http://www.parcplace.org/publications/inventory-and-monitoring-guide.html for information on how to order your copy now! Copies are limited, order by July 1st!
We will have copies of this book for sale at SWPARC 2013 in Albuquerque!
Frogwatch USA, an AZA citizen science program that focuses on monitoring amphibians in local wetlands, is offering a training workshop right before SWPARC 2013 meeting. You could just come to the meeting, but perhaps you or someone that you know, is interested in coordinating a Frogwatch USA chapter?
More info here at the AZA website.
NOTE: You do not need to register for SWPARC 2013 to attend the Frogwatch USA workshop on Monday, July 8th. On the other hand, you can register for the Frogwatch USA workshop as part of your SWPARC 2013 registration.
SWPARC 2013 in ALbuquerque July 8-9th!
Register by end of day July 1st to attend SWPARC 2013 at the Univeristy of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque July 8th and 9th. Use this off-site link:
- General registration: $55, late/on-site registration (after Jul 1): $75
- Student registration: $45, use discount code “SWSTUDENT”
- Meeting vendor: $100 (includes one general registration as well as vending space and table), late/on-site registration (after Jul1): $150
Registration includes Monday night dinner at the Albuquerque Biopark, access to meeting and exhibition facilities as well as coffee and snacks on the day of the meeting (Tuesday), and appetizers and drinks during the Tuesday evening auction. The draft agenda for SWPARC 2013 can be found here as a PDF:
Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the SWPARC annual meeting on July 8th. Details in CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2013 (PDF file).
A two-day hands-on workshop on wetland and pooled water restoration and creation, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12, at the Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1824 S. Thompson Street, Flagstaff, AZ.
This two-day workshop focuses on practical, low-cost techniques for restoring or constructing wetlands and pooled water wetland habitats. These same techniques can also be used to transform livestock (stock) ponds into high-quality wetland wildlife habitat, while still providing water for livestock. The workshop will include instruction on the best locations for building ground water and surface water wetlands, how to test soils, lay out proposed wetlands, choose construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native plants. Over the course of the workshop we will be creating a spring-fed wetland pool on the Mogollon Ranger District to provide water and wetland habitat for bats, northern leopard frogs, and many other wildlife species.
Tom Biebighauser, the primary instructor, is among the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic wetland restoration practitioners and instructors in North America, having restored or created more than 1,400 wetland habitats across the U.S. and Canada. The workshop is limited to 35 people and is expected to fill quickly. Here are just two of the many positive comments we have received from workshop participants; “…Tom Biebighauser’s workshop and two books that I read are awesome…”, “…best workshop that I’ve been to in years.”
(from Dan Taylor, Water for Wildlife Coordinator, Bat Conservation International)