BLM will be co-hosting a bioblitz in the Volcanic Tablelands (north of Bishop and west of Chalfant) June 10th–11th 2017, from 5:30–10:00 pm.
Please note that space is limited so RSVP is required.
We invite members of Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SW PARC), Colorado PARC (CO PARC), and other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the first ever Joint SW PARC/CO PARC Meeting! The meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 1-4, 2017. Presentation topics are open to any reptile and/or amphibian conservation work in the Southwestern United States and Mexico, but we are particularly interested in presentations related to our 2017 meeting theme, which 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. See below for the seven subgoals (IA, IB, etc.) under the strategic areas. We welcome presentation on how you, your agency, institution, or organization is already contributing to implementing one or more of these subgoals, or how you can or will contribute to accomplishing these goals.
I A. Identify, establish, and strengthen connections among partners that impact important amphibian and reptile habitats and populations.
I B. Enhance and improve communication within the amphibian and reptile conservation community.
II A. Refine, support, develop, integrate, and promote Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) across the United States and North America.
II B. Broaden opportunities for habitat management and conservation training and certifications.
III A. Facilitate collaborative development of, or implementation of existing, rangewide species conservation action plans for priority species.
III B. Identify new conservation research needs and opportunities, particularly those that could increase rigor and scientific integrity of species conservation assessments, or that could facilitate future assessments, as appropriate.
III C. Operationalize species conservation plans and actions at the agency and institutional levels.
The SW PARC and CO PARC Program Committee strongly encourages participants to consider submission for poster presentations.
Use the following format for your abstract, and refer to the example below:
E-mail subject line: LOVICH: SW PARC Presentation Abstract
AUTHOR(S): LOVICH, ROBERT E. (presenter), and DANIEL J. LEAVITT.
AFFILIATION: (REL) Naval Facilities Engineering Command SW, San Diego, CA, USA; (DJL) Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ, USA;
EMAIL: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHONE: (623) 236-7584
TOPIC (optional): Rangewide species conservation
The Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) Monitoring and Management Strategy. The flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii; FTHL) has the smallest range of all horned lizards in the United States. Restricted to lower Sonoran desert habitats of the states of California, Arizona, and Baja California, in the United States and Mexico respectively, this species has been the target of research studies and conservation actions for multiple decades. Increasing threats to the long-term survival of this species persist, and challenge the long-term persistence of this species throughout its range. These challenges require rigorous, up-to-date, and accurate status information essential to successful management of FTHL. In order to better understand …
After you submit the abstract by email, you should receive an acknowledgment via email within 48 hours. For more information, contact Clint Henke email@example.com or Ian Jessup firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed and invited presentations are limited to 15 minutes (including 2-3 minutes for questions and discussion). Session moderators will strictly enforce these limits.
Posters are an excellent medium for detailed and extended discussion of your research and allow for complex charts, graphs, tables, or photographs that are difficult to present in an oral presentation session. Posters must be 36” high x 48” wide. All posters must be displayed by Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. A formal poster session will take place that evening.
Most university websites provide guidelines for preparing effective talks and posters. Please take advantage of these resources (i.e. https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~scranmer/cranmer_ htgat.html; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1876493).
Overcoming Challenges to the Recovery of Declining Amphibian Populations in the United States, published in the December 2016 issue of BioScience, covers:
The US Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) affords many potential benefits to species threatened with extinction. However, most at-risk amphibians—one of the most imperiled vertebrate groups—remain unlisted under the provisions of the ESA, and many impediments to recovery exist for those species that have been listed. Of the 35 US amphibian species and distinct population segments (“taxa”) listed under the ESA, 40% currently lack a final (completed) recovery plan, 28.6% lack designated critical habitat, and 8.6% lack both. For taxa that have recovery plans, the time between their listing and the development of those plans was from 2 to 29 years, and the time between their listing and the designation of critical habitat ranged from 0 to 14 years. The underlying causes of such delays in protection are complex and constitute obstacles to recovery of imperiled species. We outline a series of strategic actions by which these challenges may be overcome.
Find the full text here.
Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology
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Participants will learn about the importance of amphibians and reptiles, Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s (PARC) efforts to address conservation threats, and actions that can be taken to benefit this group of animals. Learn more…
Jen Williams, Ph.D., Federal Coordinator, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), Fort Collins, CO
Dec 14, 2016 2:00 pm US/Eastern Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)
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Conservationists, Wildlife Biologists, Land Owners, Land Managers, Technical Service Providers, Others
Contact William.Hohman@ftw.usda.gov for more information.
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PARC Friends and Colleagues:
We are currently accepting nominations to fill the Co-chair position of PARC’s Joint National Steering Committee (JNSC)! The JNSC is the governing body of PARC and guides its activities.
Length of term: 2 years, the first as Junior Co-chair and the second as Senior Co-chair
Roles and Responsibilities (Condensed):
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:
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 and questions to email@example.com and include:
DEADLINE: 5 pm ET; Wednesday November 30, 2016
Decision and Notification:
The current JNSC members will vote in December or January; newly elected members will be notified shortly thereafter.
PARC JNSC Membership
Roles & Responsibilities of the National Co-Chairs (Detailed)
American Turtle Observatory (www.americanturtles.org), 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 www.americanturtles.org/grants, 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.
I. Northeastern United States and eastern Canada
II. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain
III. Sonoran Desert
IV. Sierra Madre Occidental
V. Chihuahuan Desert
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).
We’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.