PARC Announcements October 2017

PARC Announcements, Federal Register Announcements, Requests for Assistance, and Upcoming Conferences.


PARC Announcements

National Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Team

Please see this flyer for more details and contact Neha Savant if you are interested in serving on the team.

Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation

  • It’s that time of year to honor a colleague who goes above and beyond to conserve amphibians and reptiles!
  • Award Name: Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation
  • Prize: Engraved, commemorative plaque and $1,000
  • Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • To Submit a Nomination: Use this Google docs form. It details the criteria by which the nominee will be judged.
  • Having trouble with the form? Please email us at
  • To learn more about Alison, the award, and the credentials of past winners: Visit this page.

PARC is currently accepting nominations to fill the Co-chair position of our Joint National Steering Committee (JNSC).

The JNSC is the governing body of PARC.

Length of term: 2 years, the 1st as Junior Co-chair and the 2nd as Senior Co-chair.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Schedule, coordinate, and preside over JNSC conference calls and meetings. Monthly conference calls have a standing time and day. Beginning in November, they will occur the first Monday of every month from 12:30-2 pm ET. We change call times as needed when established times begin to conflict with JNSC member schedules.
  • Assist National Coordinators and other JNSC Co-chair in determining PARC priorities.
  • Attend and assist with developing priorities for planning calls, which occur 1 hr/wk, currently on Wednesdays at 2 pm ET. We do not have planning calls on weeks that we have JNSC calls.
  • Attend the annual in-person meeting at the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference (North American). Travel expenses may be covered by the Co-chair’s agency or organization, or by PARC, if needed. Because PARC has extremely limited funding, it’s always appreciated if other funding mechanisms can be secured. In 2018, the in-person meeting will be in Norfolk, VA on March 26-27. We ask that you attend this meeting if possible, but if you are unable, it is more important for you to attend the 2019 and 2020 annual meetings. The meetings for those two years will be in March, on the Tuesday of the North American.

Anyone running for election to the position of National Co-chair must have demonstrated leadership skills, including, but not limited to, experience as a/an:

  • Regional Working Group Co-chair; or
  • Member of the JNSC; or
  • Active PARC member at the regional level; or
  • Board member of a non-profit organization and with expertise in the field of conservation

Individuals may self-nominate or nominate others for this JNSC membership position, but when nominating someone other than yourself, please be sure that you have the nominee’s permission to do so.

Please submit any nominations to and include:

  • Name
  • Contact info (email and phone)
  • Brief statement of why your are interested in the position (if self-nominating) or why you think this person would be a strong candidate (if nominating someone else)
  • Short bio of the nominee (200 words or less)

Feel free to email questions or concerns to We can also get you connected with the current Senior Co-chair of JNSC, who has held this position for two consecutive terms, if you’d like.

DEADLINE: 5 pm ET; Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Federal Register Announcements



Requests for Assistance

DoD PARC maintains a herp photo library. They need photos of the following species:

  1. Diamond-backed Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) **Most highly desired species at this point in time.**
  2. Three-lined Salamander (Eurycea guttolineata)
  3. Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)
  4. Common Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus [Aspidoscelisgularis)
  5. Prairie Skink (Eumeces [Plestiodonseptentrionalis)
  6. Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris)
  7. Green Toad (Bufo [Anaxyrusdebilis)
  8. Texas Banded Gecko (Coleonyx brevis)
  9. Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)
  10. Eastern Foxsnake (Elaphe [Pantherophis] gloydi)

Please submit photos to or Make sure your submissions have this file format: common name-scientific name-location-photographer. See the DoD PARC Photo Site for photo submission guidelines. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!


Upcoming Conferences

2017 Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) Wildlife Conference, Oct 30-Nov 1 in San Diego, CA. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Training Workshops will be available at this conference. For more information, see here.

Alabama PARC Annual Meeting
Nov 3-5, 2017
Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center
Andalusia, AL
Abstracts will be accepted until Oct 23 (website will be updated soon to reflect this date)

Northwest PARC Annual Meeting
Feb 13-16, 2018
Red Lion Hotel on the Shore; Jantzen Beach
Portland, OR
Deadline for abstracts: Nov 15, 2017

Southeast PARC Annual meeting
Feb 22-25, 2018
Unicoi State Park
Helen, GA
Deadline for oral presentation submission: Dec 15, 2017
Deadline for posters is Jan 20, 2018

Ohio PARC Annual Meeting
March 20, 2018
4-H Center
Columbus, OH

Herp Conservation News October 2017

New articles, papers, and links of interest:

Designing surveillance studies for herpetological pathogens

PARC’s National Disease Task Team (DTT) published a paper in Herpetological Review on designing surveillance studies for herpetological pathogens:

Pathogen surveillance in herpetofaunal populations: guidance on study design, sample collection, biosecurity, and intervention strategies.

It is available on the PARC DTT website under Herpetological Disease Resources.


2017 Call for Abstracts


2017 Annual SWPARC Meeting to be held in Denver, CO June 1-4, 2017


We invite members of Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SW PARC), Colorado PARC (CO PARC), and other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the first ever Joint SW PARC/CO PARC Meeting! The meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 1-4, 2017. Presentation topics are open to any reptile and/or amphibian conservation work in the Southwestern United States and Mexico, but we are particularly interested in presentations related to our 2017 meeting theme, which is Operationalizing PARC’s Strategic Plan. Strategic areas on which PARC will focus for the next five years are network growth, habitat conservation, and species conservation. See below for the seven subgoals (IA, IB, etc.) under the strategic areas. We welcome presentation on how you, your agency, institution, or organization is already contributing to implementing one or more of these subgoals, or how you can or will contribute to accomplishing these goals.

STRATEGIC AREA I: Network Growth

Goal: Strategically grow and enhance the PARC Network with partnerships that directly impact conservation actions.

I A. Identify, establish, and strengthen connections among partners that impact important amphibian and reptile habitats and populations.

I B. Enhance and improve communication within the amphibian and reptile conservation community.

STRATEGIC AREA II: Habitat Conservation

Goal: Identify, restore, and create important amphibian and reptile habitats and connectivity.

II A. Refine, support, develop, integrate, and promote Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) across the United States and North America.

II B. Broaden opportunities for habitat management and conservation training and certifications.

STRATEGIC AREA III: Species Conservation

Goal: Support rangewide species conservation collaborative actions and complementary efforts.

III A. Facilitate collaborative development of, or implementation of existing, rangewide species conservation action plans for priority species.

III B. Identify new conservation research needs and opportunities, particularly those that could increase rigor and scientific integrity of species conservation assessments, or that could facilitate future assessments, as appropriate.

III C. Operationalize species conservation plans and actions at the agency and institutional levels.


The SW PARC and CO PARC Program Committee strongly encourages participants to consider submission for poster presentations.



  • Presentations must be based on original work. Abstracts must contain sufficient information to convey the main theme.
  • Abstracts (maximum 200 words) will be evaluated on relevance to the subject of herpetological conservation, originality, quality of writing, and adherence to required guidelines.
  • Before submitting an abstract, authors should be confident that they will attend the meeting. At least one of the authors on the abstract should register for the meeting. Withdrawal of papers creates problems. If cancellation is necessary, please contact Danny Martin as soon as possible.
  • Please conform to the submission instructions. Failure to do so will result in your abstract being returned and possibly rejected.

Submission Procedure:

All abstracts for oral and poster sessions must be submitted to Danny Martin no later than 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) Friday, May 19, 2017 by email or using the form on the CO PARC website.

Use the following format for your abstract, and refer to the example below:

  • Use MS Word, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, single-spaced, left justified
  • Use UPPERCASE for authors and indicate presenter
  • Include affiliation and address after names; email address (remove hyperlink) and phone number.
  • Indicate presentation type: Oral (or) Poster
  • Indicate presentation topic or theme
  • Leave a single space between TOPIC line, Abstract title, and abstract section
  • Use bold title case for title
  • Abstract has a maximum of 200 words
  • Limit abstract to one paragraph
  • On your e-mail subject line, use: “LASTNAME: SW PARC/CO PARC Presentation Abstract”


E-mail subject line: LOVICH: SW PARC Presentation Abstract


AFFILIATION: (REL) Naval Facilities Engineering Command SW, San Diego, CA, USA; (DJL) Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ, USA;


PHONE: (623) 236-7584


TOPIC (optional): Rangewide species conservation

The Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) Monitoring and Management Strategy. The flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii; FTHL) has the smallest range of all horned lizards in the United States. Restricted to lower Sonoran desert habitats of the states of California, Arizona, and Baja California, in the United States and Mexico respectively, this species has been the target of research studies and conservation actions for multiple decades. Increasing threats to the long-term survival of this species persist, and challenge the long-term persistence of this species throughout its range. These challenges require rigorous, up-to-date, and accurate status information essential to successful management of FTHL. In order to better understand …


After you submit the abstract by email, you should receive an acknowledgment via email within 48 hours. For more information, contact Clint Henke or Ian Jessup


Oral Presentations:

Contributed and invited presentations are limited to 15 minutes (including 2-3 minutes for questions and discussion). Session moderators will strictly enforce these limits.


Posters are an excellent medium for detailed and extended discussion of your research and allow for complex charts, graphs, tables, or photographs that are difficult to present in an oral presentation session. Posters must be 36” high x 48” wide. All posters must be displayed by Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. A formal poster session will take place that evening.

Most university websites provide guidelines for preparing effective talks and posters. Please take advantage of these resources (i.e. htgat.html;



The Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation is presented annually by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), in memory of Alison Haskell (1956–2006), PARC’s first National Federal Coordinator and an active member of PARC and NE PARC. This award is intended to recognize an individual from North America who, like Alison, exemplifies extraordinary commitment to herpetofaunal conservation, has thus far been an unsung hero, and has shown exemplary commitment to building or strengthening partnerships.

That last bit about building partnerships? That’s where Greg is king. His nomination form alone was endorsed by 28 professionals with whom Greg has partnered. Greg is the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Coordinator for the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at Ohio State University. His many accomplishments include more than ten years of conservation efforts for Eastern Massasaugas (Sistrurus catenatus), a Federally Threatened species; coordination of the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, which includes 30 public and private partners; a decade-long commitment to organizing biennial Ohio herpetological conferences; and serving as editor of and contributing author to Amphibians of Ohio. He is a co-founding member of Midwest PARC and recently spearheaded the formation of an Ohio PARC chapter! But there’s so much more he’s accomplished. This link contains more detailed info about Greg’s work.

For more information on the award, click here.


SWPARC 2017 meeting in Denver, CO June 1-4


The first ever Joint SW PARC/CO PARC Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 1-4, 2017. This year’s theme is Operationalizing PARC’s Strategic Plan. Strategic areas on which PARC will focus for the next five years are network growth, habitat conservation, and species conservation.

More details​ can be found here.

Overcoming Challenges to the Recovery of Declining Amphibian Populations in the United States

Overcoming Challenges to the Recovery of Declining Amphibian Populations in the United States, published in the December 2016 issue of BioScience, covers:​

  • History and benefits of the Endangered Species Act
  • Challenges to recovery: lListing delays/biases, recovery plan development, implementation of recovery plans, and ​critical habitat designation
  • Increasing trends in petitions
  • Human behaviors that may contribute to delays in species recovery


The US Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) affords many potential benefits to species threatened with extinction. However, most at-risk amphibians—one of the most imperiled vertebrate groups—remain unlisted under the provisions of the ESA, and many impediments to recovery exist for those species that have been listed. Of the 35 US amphibian species and distinct population segments (“taxa”) listed under the ESA, 40% currently lack a final (completed) recovery plan, 28.6% lack designated critical habitat, and 8.6% lack both. For taxa that have recovery plans, the time between their listing and the development of those plans was from 2 to 29 years, and the time between their listing and the designation of critical habitat ranged from 0 to 14 years. The underlying causes of such delays in protection are complex and constitute obstacles to recovery of imperiled species. We outline a series of strategic actions by which these challenges may be overcome.

Find the full text here.

NRCS/PARC Conservation Webinar – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology
National Technology Support Centers

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

Dec 14, 2016 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

What will you learn?

Participants will learn about the importance of amphibians and reptiles, Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s (PARC) efforts to address conservation threats, and actions that can be taken to benefit this group of animals. Learn more…


Jen Williams, Ph.D., Federal Coordinator, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), Fort Collins, CO

Session Details:

Dec 14, 2016 2:00 pm US/Eastern Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)
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Who should participate?

Conservationists, Wildlife Biologists, Land Owners, Land Managers, Technical Service Providers, Others

Education Credits Units:

  • Society of American Foresters – 1 hour Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
  • The Wildlife Society – 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
  • Conservation Planner – 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit [status: Approved]
  • Georgia Master Timber Harvester – 1 hour CLE – Environment Credit [status: Approved]

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