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:
- 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.
- 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.
The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamander (FCSal) is currently accepting grant applications for 2018
They are offering two grants this year:
- The Daniel M. Digiacomo Grant funds research, education, or conservation efforts focusing on salamanders for up to $5,000. Daniel M. Find application here.
- 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 email@example.com 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
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
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.
Herp Conservation News
- New podcast by FWS’s Natural Resource Program Center: The Nature of Americans study, understanding and connecting Americans to nature
The study was led by Dr. Stephen Kellert and DJ Case & Assoc. Guests are Dave Case and Daniels Escher from DJ Case and Assoc, who provide first-hand accounts of interviews, the richness of the data, and what it was like to work with Dr. Kellert. Listen here. If you have trouble with playback functionality, try downloading the file. Also, check out FWS’s Natural Resource Program Center’s broadcast on this topic.
- Design- and model-based recommendations for detecting and quantifying an amphibian pathogen in environmental samples Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans and the risk of a second amphibian pandemic
- From the New York Times: Debating Whether Reptiles or Amphibians Should be House Pets
- Dec 2017 issue of Herpetologica is available here.
- Survey of beaver-related restoration practices in rangeland streams of the western USA
- Plain language is for everyone, even experts
- Not herp-related, but a project that’s making a difference in conservation: Helping cavity nesting birds by installing screens on vault toilets
- US Forest Service releases revised national fish and aquatic strategy
- Use of glow sticks in traps greatly increases amphibian captures in study
- Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species. Nearly half the Earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands and are endangered by invasive species. By removing or controlling invasive species on these islands, we can protect 41% of all threatened vertebrates worldwide and 95% of threatened island species.
- Site visit insights: Thunderstorms, hail, and elusive Yosemite Toads
- Site visit insights: Managing for frogs and snakes
Federal Register Announcements
- Notice of Availability; Draft Environmental Assessment for a Draft Amendment To Add the Northern Mexican Gartersnake to the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. To ensure consideration, written comments must be received or postmarked on or before December 28, 2017.
- Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances. We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announce the intention to review and potentially revise the regulations concerning enhancement-of-survival permits issued under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), associated with Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances. We will accept comments that we receive on or before January 22, 2018.
- Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances Policy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services when referring to both, and Service when referring to an action taken by one agency), announce the intention to review and potentially revise the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances policy under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We will accept comments that we receive on or before January 22, 2018.
- Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Identify the Northwest Atlantic Leatherback Turtle as a Distinct Population Segment and List It as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act. We find that the petition and information readily available in our files present substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. We are hereby initiating a status review of the leatherback turtle to determine whether the petitioned action is warranted and to examine the species globally with regard to application of the DPS Policy in light of significant new information since the original listing. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to the leatherback turtle from any interested party. Information and comments on the subject action must be received by February 5, 2018.