Southwest Habitat Management Guideline book now available on Amazon!

Southwest Habitat Management GuidelinesPARC Friends and Colleagues

The wait is over! Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SW PARC) is pleased to announce that the Habitat Management Guidelines (HMGs) are available for purchase! This long-awaited publication was unveiled and available for purchase at the SW PARC annual meeting in Alpine, Texas in August 2016.

It is now available for online purchase via Amazon, for $15/copy plus shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member, shipping is free! Bulk discounts also are available when ordering by the box (1 box = 15 copies); for every 15 copies ordered, you will receive $25 off. 

Here is the suggested citation:

Jones, L.L.C., K.J. Halama, and R.E. Lovich (editors). Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Technical Publication HMG-5, Birmingham, AL. 193 pp.

This is the final HMG for the U.S. It is lengthier than the other four because there are more species of amphibians and reptiles in the Southwest (439 species) than elsewhere in the country, and habitats are correspondingly diverse. While we may think of the Southwest as being strictly an arid land, there are many exceptions. In addition to the deserts, grasslands, and shrublands, it also includes: high mountains with woodlands, forests, and tundra; coastlines; wetlands; and subtropical habitats. There are also unique management challenges for this region, such as international border security and persistent drought in an already-arid landscape.

The SW HMG is rich with high-quality color photographs in an easy-to-read format. It should be a valuable asset to resource managers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, as well as bordering areas.

Southwest PARC thanks the many authors, photographers, reviewers, and sponsors for their patience and commitment.

All proceeds go toward recouping our costs and building reserves toward our next PARC product.

2nd Annual Call for Conservation Grant Proposals from the American Turtle Observatory

American Turtle Observatory (, a conservation and research organization based in Massachusetts, is excited to announce its 2nd 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 Friday, November 11, 2016.

To Apply: Please visit, complete the web form, and upload a 2 page PDF proposal. In your proposal, please outline your budget, timeline, and deliverables. The ATO grants committee will review proposals and make a final decision by November 30, 2016. 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
I. Northeastern United States and eastern Canada
II. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain
III. Sonoran Desert
IV. Sierra Madre Occidental
V. Chihuahuan Desert
VI. Florida
VII. Greater Antilles

Widespread or Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)
I. Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)
II. Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
III. Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)
IV. American Box Turtles (Terrapene spp.)
V. Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys spp.)

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

PARC’s Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines are now available to purchase on Amazon!

Inventory and Monitoring GuidelinesWe’re happy to announce that hard copies of PARC’s Inventory and Monitoring guidelines (Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians, with application to the United States and Canada) are now available to purchase on Amazon!

To purchase: follow this link to the Amazon listing and click “Add to cart” on the right side of the page. You can then proceed to checkout, or click “cart” to update the quantity.

We’re offering a special deal for bulk orders: for every 15 books, you will receive $100 off. This discount should appear in your cart at checkout. Please make sure you see the discount before completing your purchase.

Agenda for 2016 meeting is here!

Final agenda for the 2016 meeting is here in PDF format: SWPARC-2016-AGENDA!

See you soon!

Charlie W. Painter Memorial Award

This award was created in honor of Charles (Charlie) W. Painter (1949-2015). It is presented annually by SWPARC in memory of Charlie to recognize an individual who lives or works in the SWPARC region and who has demonstrated excellent mentorship for students/enthusiasts in herpetology or has displayed excellence in sharing knowledge of the natural history of reptiles and amphibians.

Read more about the award: Charlie Painter Memorial Award (PDF)

Nominate: Charles Painter Award Nomination form (MS Word)

2016 SWPARC meeting in Big Bend! Registration still open!

SWPARC Annual Meeting in the BIG BEND!

When: August 11-14th, 2016

Registration: $35

Pay online through Eventbrite (link here)

Where: Sul Ross State University (SRSU), Alpine, TX. Alpine is located in the heart of Trans Pecos, Texas, approximately 1 hour from Big Bend National Park. The Chihuahuan Desert is just 30 minutes south.

ATTENTION: See detailed info for dorm information. You’ll need to bring your own linens and a towel!

 See this PDF file for more details: 2016 SWPARC Meeting detailed info 

2016 call for abstracts! Deadline extended to Aug 1st!

We invite interested parties to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the SWPARC annual meeting in Alpine, TX. Presentation topics are open to any herpetological conservation work in the Southwest United States and Northern Mexico. Keep these in mind:

  • Presentations must be based on original work. Abstracts (maximum 250 words) must contain sufficient information to convey the main theme, objectives, results, and conclusions of the work.
  • Oral presentations are limited. The planning committee will determine which abstracts are selected for oral or poster presentations.

Submission Procedure:

Please, submit all abstracts to Sean Graham ( by Aug 1st, 2016.

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

  • Use Microsoft Word or equivalent to save a DOC file, 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
  • Leave a single space between address block and abstract
  • Use Bold Title Case for title
  • Abstract has a maximum of 250 words
  • Limit abstract to one paragraph
  • On your email subject line, use LASTNAME: SWPARC Poster Abstract


AUTHOR(S): DOE, JOHN Z. (presenter), and DE LA CRUZ, MARÍA J.

AFFILIATION: (JZD) School of Environmental Squamatology, University of the Dunes, Lost Wages, NV 87654, USA; (MJC) Colegio Nacional de Herpetología, Facultad de Lagartijas, Casilla 550, San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina;


PHONE: (888) 555-7777


SWPARC workshops at JMIH meeting in Reno, NV

Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is hosting the following workshops on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the JMIH Annual Meeting:

Student Workshop: Getting Started With Your Field Work

8:30 am-12:00 am (break 10:00-10:30 am)

  • Permit application process
  • Biosecurity protocols (including useful tools and equipment)
  • IACUC and Animal handling/animal care
  • Species selection and potential conservation implications
  • Field notes – recommendations and best practices for recording your data and notes

Venomous Reptiles Workshop: Safety Practices and Myth Busting

Instructors: ML Robinson, Jason L. Jones, and John Potash

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm (break 3:00-3:30 pm)

  • Safety equipment
  • Safe handling techniques
  • Correct identification of venomous reptile species in our region
  • Myths, facts and fiction
  • First aid – general overview and discussion of antivenin uses

Please email for more information.

SWPARC Symposia at the 2015 ASIH meeting

SWPARC is organizing an entire symposium during the 2015 ASIH meeting:

Conservation programs for reptiles and amphibians in the Southwest


In Memoriam: Charles “Charlie” W. Painter (1949-2015)

It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Charles Wilson Painter, Charlie, on 12 May 2015. Charlie has been near the hub, if not the hub, of herpetology in New Mexico since the mid 1980’s. Charlie was born on 23 February 1949, and grew up in Arkansas and Louisiana. His passion for herpetology manifested early, and it stuck with him throughout his life. When Charlie wasn’t working on herpetology, he was wishing he was. Even during his service in the US Army in South Korea, Charlie amassed a collection of over 1,500 specimens of amphibians and reptiles.

CharliePainterHe obtained his MS in Biology in 1976 for research based on an inventory of amphibians and reptiles of Colima, Mexico. After continuing graduate studies at University of New Mexico, Charlie conducted inventory and monitoring studies of amphibians and reptiles of the Gila and San Francisco river drainages in New Mexico. In 1985 Charlie began his career as the first state herpetologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,  He held that position for more than 28 years, retiring in December 2013. Tireless energy, inclusive collaboration, and staunch defense of New Mexico’s amphibians and reptiles are the hallmarks of Charlie’s career at NMDGF.

Among his greatest achievements were his leadership to produce “Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico”, which he co-authored with William Degenhardt and Andrew Price (1996), ushering legislation on “Regulation of Commercial Trade of Amphibians and Reptiles [ NMAC-N, 31 October 2001], and publishing more than 80 articles, reports and other scholarly works on many species of amphibians and reptiles. He was recognized as Wildlife Professional of the Year multiple times, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gila Natural History of the Gila Symposium, and in 2013, Charlie was awarded the Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation by PARC.

Amphibians and reptiles were not the only beneficiaries of Charlie’s energy. He cared about people more than he cared about herps, and encouraged numerous young students of herpetology to not give up and to follow their dreams. Charlie connected people professionally as well as personally, and was key in establishing connections among herpetologists within New Mexico and across the country. He truly was the nexus of New Mexico Herpetology.

Charles W. Painter is survived by his loving wife and partner in herpetology, Lori King Painter, his daughter, Ashley Painter, stepdaughter Kelly Senyé, and all the friends that have been so lucky to revel in his energy. We will profoundly miss him. We count ourselves lucky to now bask in our memories of Charles W. Painter.

A memorial grant is in development, with details forthcoming, for which donations will be accepted to continue Charlie’s legacy in supporting students pursuing their passion in Herpetology.