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

more details

Funds available for lizard conservation projects!

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) is now accepting proposals to fund a lizard conservation project! If you are a student working on lizard conservation (research, management, education/outreach, etc.) check this out!
Please visit ARC’s website to read more about this request for proposals.
The deadline for proposal submission is November 30th! The $1,000 award is anticipated to be made in early 2014, pending panel and committee review and selection.

PARC receives The Wildlife Society’s Group Achievement Award

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-achievement

Special 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!

2014 Designated Year of the Salamander!

Conservation groups in partnership with PARC are designating 2014 as the Year of the Salamander.
In 2014, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) will launch the Year of the Salamander campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of salamanders, threats to their existence, and research and conservation efforts being taken to address those threats. In anticipation of this campaign, PARC is requesting submissions for the 2014 Year of the Salamander LOGO and PHOTO contests.
2014 Year of the Salamander LOGO CONTEST – DEADLINE for entry October 1st!
In 2014, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) will launch the Year of the Salamander campaign to raise awareness about the conservation status of salamanders and their conservation needs. We are now seeking submissions for the logo for the 2014 Year of the Salamander campaign!
The logo selected will be high profile and will be used in various places, including the State of the Salamander document, newsletters, website, posters, and may be used on Year of the Salamander merchandise.
See logo contest announcement for details: (http://www.parcplace.org/images/stories/YOSal/YOSlogocontest.pdf)
2014 Year of the Salamander PHOTO CONTEST
PARC is seeking close-up, digital photos of salamanders and newts, preferably in their natural habitats or within an educational or conservation context. One winner will be selected each month to be the featured photo as part of the Year of the Salamander online (printable) calendar. Runner-up photos also will be included in the calendar. Additionally, all submitted images will be considered for use in the Year of the Salamander website and monthly newsletter, as well as other PARC-related conservation, outreach, and educational efforts.
Give us your best shot! See photo contest announcement for details: (http://www.parcplace.org/images/stories/YOSal/YOSphotocontest.pdf)
2014 Year of the Salamander MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
If you are interested in signing up to receive a pdf of the monthly newsletter in 2014 and emails relating to other Year of the Salamander highlights, please send an email to:  yearofthesalamander@gmail.com. Please put “MONTHLY NEWSLETTER REQUEST” as the subject line.
Please visit the 2014 Year of the Salamander for updates on this campaign: (http://www.parcplace.org/news-a-events/2014-year-of-the-salamander.html). For questions or inquiries about the Year of the Salamander, email the planning team at:yearofthesalamander@gmail.com.

Welcome to SWPARC 2013!

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.

PARC Inventory and Monitoring book now available; will be for sale in Albuquerque!


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.

Key features:

  • 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 – Citizen science program – training workshop

Final call:

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.

Register for SWPARC 2013!


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: