The Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation is presented annually by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), in memory of Alison Haskell (1956–2006), PARC’s first National Federal Coordinator and an active member of PARC and NE PARC. This award is intended to recognize an individual from North America who, like Alison, exemplifies extraordinary commitment to herpetofaunal conservation, has thus far been an unsung hero, and has shown exemplary commitment to building or strengthening partnerships.

That last bit about building partnerships? That’s where Greg is king. His nomination form alone was endorsed by 28 professionals with whom Greg has partnered. Greg is the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Coordinator for the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at Ohio State University. His many accomplishments include more than ten years of conservation efforts for Eastern Massasaugas (Sistrurus catenatus), a Federally Threatened species; coordination of the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, which includes 30 public and private partners; a decade-long commitment to organizing biennial Ohio herpetological conferences; and serving as editor of and contributing author to Amphibians of Ohio. He is a co-founding member of Midwest PARC and recently spearheaded the formation of an Ohio PARC chapter! But there’s so much more he’s accomplished. This link contains more detailed info about Greg’s work.

For more information on the award, click here.


SWPARC 2017 meeting in Denver, CO June 1-4


The first ever Joint SW PARC/CO PARC Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 1-4, 2017. This year’s theme is Operationalizing PARC’s Strategic Plan. Strategic areas on which PARC will focus for the next five years are network growth, habitat conservation, and species conservation.

More details​ can be found here.

Southwest Habitat Management Guidelines 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.

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.

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.