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.

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 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 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


American Turtle Observatory (, 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, 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 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

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!