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