January 2018 News & Announcements

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Announcements

See the new webpage for PARC’s Federal Agencies Steering Committee!

Arizona Game and Fish Department Summer Internships

Are you in college pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, or closely related field? Do you want to improve your knowledge and field experience in these areas, and can endure long days in the field under potentially adverse conditions? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is currently accepting applications for 3-month internships focusing on a variety of game, nongame, fish, and habitat management and conservation efforts in Arizona.

Learn more about these exciting internships and how you can apply! Applications DUE February 9, 2018.

Grants & Awards

The City of Austin is requesting applications to the Barton Springs Salamander Conservation Fund. We are looking to fund conservation and research projects on Barton Springs and/or Austin Blind salamanders (endemic to Austin, Texas), as well as their habitat and ecosystems (e.g., Barton Springs and the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer). Proposed projects may also include education and habitat restoration, as the scope is fairly broad. Please see the link below for complete details and feel free to email me if you have any questions. Proposals should be submitted to BSSCF@austintexas.gov by January 30th.

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Federal Register Announcements

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC. Open to the public, and attendees may also listen via webinar and/or conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee’s website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ planningrule/committee. DATES: The meetings will be held in person and streamed via webinar/ conference call on the following dates and times: (1) Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (2) Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (3) Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal ofthe Monito Gecko (Sphaerodactylusmicropithecus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The US Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) must receive your comments on or before March 12, 2018. The Service must receive requests for public hearings in writing, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, by February 26, 2018.
  • Endangered Species Receipt of Permit Applications. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. We must receive comments by February 5, 2018.
    • Applicant: Federico Zannini, Royal Oak, MI; PRT–58261C The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) to enhance propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
    • Applicant: Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, MO; PRT–62698C The applicant requests a permit to import blood and swab samples from Galapagos tortoises from three locations in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, for scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 3-year period.
    • Applicant: Lolo Kwong, Temple City, CA; PRT–60612C The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) to enhance species propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5- year period.
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Black Warrior Waterdog and Designation of Critical Habitat. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended for the Black Warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamensis) and designate critical habitat. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and designate critical habit for this species. In total, approximately 673 kilometers (420 miles) of streams and rivers in Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marshall, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston Counties, Alabama, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. This rule is effective February 2, 2018.
  • National Environmental Policy Act Compliance. The Forest Service is proposing to revise its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures with the goal of increasing efficiency of environmental analysis. This will help the Forest Service implement its core mission by increasing the health and productivity of our Nation’s forests for the benefit of all Americans, and in turn foster productive and sustainable use of National Forest System lands. The Agency’s NEPA procedures are a key component of its overall environmental analysis and decision-making process. The Agency is seeking comments from the public on ways it can achieve the goals of increased efficiency of environmental analysis. Comments must be received in writing by February 2, 2018.

December 2017 News & Announcements

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Announcements

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

This bill was introduced in the House last week. Information on what you can do to support the effort can be found here.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Herpetologist Job Announcement

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking a herpetologist. Find our more and apply here.

Can YOU be the next NW PARC Co-chair?

NW PARC is looking to fill one of the two co-chair positions, beginning in March 2018. The co-chairs for NW PARC coordinate the annual regional meeting; attend monthly National PARC Steering Committee (JNSC) calls; organize quarterly NW PARC Steering Committee calls; and attend the annual in-person JNSC meeting. Positions are two-year terms, and offer the opportunity to make connections in the NW herp conservation community and help make a difference for our amphibian and reptile friends.
For more information and to let us know of your interest in becoming co-chair, please email either Betsy Howell, or Katy Weil, by 15 January 2018.
For more information about NW PARC visit: www.nwparc.org.


 

Grants & Awards

Nominations Due for 2018 NW PARC Awards

The deadline for award nominations for the NW PARC’s 2018 awards is 31 December 2017.
NW PARC gives two awards at the annual meeting:

  1. The Luminary Award recognizes inspiring individuals who have been a beacon of light for herpetology in the Northwest, have influenced others in the field of amphibian and reptile conservation, and who exemplify extraordinary leadership, vision, and commitment to amphibian and reptile conservation in the Northwest.
  2. The Unsung Hero Award recognizes those individuals who have worked tirelessly over many years in herptile conservation to little or no acclaim, yet have still greatly influenced the conservation of many amphibian and reptile species. Unsung Heroes are those people who work in this field because they care deeply and want to see a future where all species are valued.

See the NWPARC website for more info and nomination forms.

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamander (FCSal) is currently accepting grant applications for 2018

They are offering two grants this year:

  1. The Daniel M. Digiacomo Grant funds research, education, or conservation efforts focusing on salamanders for up to $5,000. Daniel M. Find application here.
  2. The Zoo Conservation Support Grant for research, education, or conservation efforts on zoo/aquarium grounds or conducted by zoo/aquarium staff for up to $2,000. Find application here.

To apply for the grants read the guidelines and rules carefully, fill out the form, and submit materials to grants@fcsal.org by January 1, 2018. Please visit our main grants page to view past grant recipients.

Call for Conservation Hero Award Nominations

The Conservation Hero Award is intended to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the southeast region of PARC, but who are unlikely to be recognized for their efforts. Do you know some who has achieved on-the-ground conservation that you feel needs to be recognized? If so, make a nomination! The winner will be recognized during our upcoming annual meeting.

Barton Springs Salamander Conservation Fund

The City of Austin is requesting applications to the Barton Springs Salamander Conservation Fund. We are looking to fund conservation and research projects on Barton Springs and/or Austin Blind salamanders (endemic to Austin, Texas), as well as their habitat and ecosystems (e.g., Barton Springs and the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer). Proposed projects may also include education and habitat restoration, as the scope is fairly broad. Please see the link below for complete details and feel free to email me if you have any questions. Proposals should be submitted to BSSCF@austintexas.gov by January 30, 2018.

 

Upcoming Conferences & Training Opportunities

NW PARC Training Course
Join members of Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NW PARC) as they lead a full-day, hands-on training course, Standard & Novel Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques on Tuesday 13 February 2018.
Course Lead: Elke Wind, Amphibian Ecologist, E. Wind Consulting
Location: Portland Expo Center (2060 N Marine Dr., Portland, OR)
Length: 8:30 am-5:00 pm (8 hours)
Cost: $99 (non-student); $56 (student)
Class Size: 50
Overview: Participants will learn about standard and novel techniques used by experts to inventory, monitor, and track amphibians, such as species identification, handling, photography, funnel trapping, eDNA, radio telemetry, camera traps, and drones. The course will consist of an in-class component and hands-on field training opportunities.
For more information, and to register, visit: https://ortws.wordpress.com/2018-joint-annual-meeting/ and scroll down to “Trainings, Workshops, and Field Trips”. If you have any questions, please contact Elke Wind.

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

Special Session to Expose the Impacts of Poaching, and Illegal Wildlife Trade at the upcoming 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Norfolk, VA. March 26-30, 2018.

Great Plains Grassland Summit: Challenges and Opportunities from North to South
April 10-11, 2018 in Denver, CO: The objectives of the 2018 Great Plains Grassland Summit are to have participants learn more about and contribute science needs, ideas, and plans for managing, conserving and restoring grasslands at landscape scales and across boundaries in the Great Plains. Managers, researchers, and practitioners from all regions of the Great Plains and beyond are encouraged to attend.
Invited plenary experts will establish the context for the Summit by identifying challenges and opportunities focused around six themes:

  • Working Lands
  • Native Species and Biodiversity
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildland and Prescribed Fire
  • Energy Development
  • Climate, Weather and Water

3rd North Carolina Congress of Herpetology
April 27-29 2018
North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro, NC
NCPARC will meet jointly for the third time with the NC Herpetological Society for the 3rd NC Congress of Herpetology. More details coming soon.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Managing Health of Fish and Wildlife
1-2 May 2018
The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
Kimberley Conference Centre, Kimberley, BC
Abstracts will be accepted until 19 January 2018

2-Week Wildlife Field Course in Castleton, VT
The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society, in cooperation with Castleton University and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be hosting our 10th annual 2-week Wildlife Field Course in Castleton, Vermont, May 13-26, 2018.
Please visit the course website for details and application materials.
The course fee is $950 and includes 3 undergraduate or graduate credits through Castleton University and room and board for the 2 weeks. The course is housed at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp near Castleton with much field work on the nearby Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The course emphasizes hands-on experience with basic field techniques and small group work organized around the theme of conducting a biological inventory. The course is led by practicing wildlife biologists and ecologists who volunteer their time to serve as instructors providing great networking opportunities and career perspectives during evening discussion sessions. We usually have 20+ guest instructors from various state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and universities. The current issue of The Wildlife Professional (November/December 2017) also has a short article on the course if you have access to it.
Enrollment is capped at 20 students, don’t get stuck on the waiting list, sign up soon. Contact Dr. John E. McDonald, Jr. for more information.

 

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Federal Register Announcements

News & Announcements mid-November 2017

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PARC Announcements

Webinar: Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States. Tuesday, Dec 12th at 12 pm MT. The final in a 5-part series of webinars. Please see this flyer for more information and to register for the webinar. A special thank you to the US Forest Service for sponsoring the webinar!

Federal Register Announcements

Herp Conservation News

PARC Announcements November 2017

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

PARC Announcements

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.

Eligibility:
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

Nominations:
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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org and include:

  • Name
  • Contact info (email and phone)
  • Brief statement of why you 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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org. 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

Grants

American Turtle Observatory (www.americanturtles.org), a conservation and research organization based in Massachusetts, is excited to announce its 3rd annual grants program to support landscape conservation for North American freshwater turtles. We will consider small awards of $500 to $1000. Applications are due by Monday, November 27, 2017.

To Apply: 
Please visit www.americanturtles.org/grants, complete the web form, and upload a 2 page PDF proposal. In your proposal, please briefly outline your budget, timeline, and deliverables. The ATO grants committee will review proposals and make a final decision by December 18th. Awards will be made on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of a final report.

Eligible Projects: 
Projects must advance the conservation of landscapes that are critical for the conservation of freshwater turtles in North America OR otherwise support long-term, field-based research or conservation. Focal landscapes, widespread species of greatest conservation need (SGCN, as determined in State Wildlife Action Plans), and range restricted taxa (listed below) will be prioritized, especially those species for which there are limited alternative funding sources.

Focal Landscapes 

  1. Northeastern United States and eastern Canada
  2. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain
  3. Sonoran Desert
  4. Sierra Madre Occidental
  5. Chihuahuan Desert
  6. Florida
  7. Greater Antilles

Widespread or Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) 

  1. Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)
  2. Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
  3. Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)
  4. American Box Turtles (Terrapene spp.)
  5. Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys spp.)

Range-Restricted Species and Lineages (see website for details).

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Federal Register Announcements

Requests for Assistance

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

  1. African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)
  2. Bark Anole (Anolis distichus)
  3. Black and White Tegu (Tupinambis merianae)
  4. Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
  5. Burmese Python (Pythonmolurus bivittatus)
  6. Indo-Pacific House Gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii)
  7. Knight Anole (Anolis equestris)
  8. Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)
  9. Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)
  10. Reef Gecko (Sphaerodactylus notatus)
  11. Rio Grande Chirping Frog (Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides)
  12. Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Lithobates berlandieri)
  13. San Diego Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata webbii)
  14. Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)
  15. Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera)
  16. West African Red-headed Agama (Agama agama africana)
  17. Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta belli)
  18. Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium)

Please submit photos to paul.block@navy.mil or chris.petersen@navy.mil. 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

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

Colorado PARC Annual Meeting
May 4-6, 2018
Lake Pueblo State Park.
More details to come!

Herp Conservation News November 2017

New articles, papers, and links of interest:

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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org.
  • 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.

Eligibility:
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

Nominations:
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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org 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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org. 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 paul.block@navy.mil or chris.petersen@navy.mil. 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.