About SWPARC 2013
The annual SWPARC meeting is coming back to the campus of The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico July 8-10th!
This meeting is for anyone interested in reptile or amphibian conservation in the southwestern PARC region, which includes California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Individuals involved in our organization include representatives from state and federal agencies, tribes, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, environmental consultants and power industry.
This meeting is being held back-to-back with the 2013 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists happening in Albuquerque between July 10th and 15th. Because of that, SWPARC 2013 will have a shortened agenda centered around the Year of the Snake. It is a great opportunity to interact with your colleagues and find out about current activities regarding herpetofaunal conservation challenges in the region.
An updated copy (as of 5 July) is available as PDF: 20130705_SWPARC_Agenda_Final-draft
Monday, July 8th
0830-1700: Frogwatch USA workshop lead by Rachel Gauza (AZA) in Castetter Hall 53 (building 21, see central campus map)
1800-2200: SWPARC Social and dinner at the Albuquerque Biopark ZOO, 903 Tenth SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tuesday, July 9th
0800-0830: Registration Check-in outside of Lobo Room on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building (map here).
0830-1730: Meeting: Presentations and Posters [Lobo and Santa Ana Rooms]
Wednesday, July 10th
0800-1700: Modeling Patterns of Species Occurrence workshop lead by Darryl MacKenzie (Proteus Consulting Ltd.) in Castetter Hall 53 (building 21, see central campus map)
0700-1700: Field trip to La Joya State Wildlife Area and vicinity
Monday’s evening social and dinner will take place at the Albuquerque Biopark ZOO (map here).
Main sessions and evening events on Tuesday, July 9th will be on The University of New Mexico main campus at the Lobo Room on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building (map here).
For those of you who indicated a need for parking passes, the passes will be available at check-in (either at residence halls or conference check-in). For residence halls, the closest parking area is the lot by the UNM police station, near the University of New Mexico Hospital. For the meeting location (the Student Union Building), the nearest lot is Lot A, just east of Stanford and Central Ave. (lot A on central campus map). Metered parking spaces as well as hourly parking is available near Stanford and Central Ave. as well.
For those who reserved a room, please check-in at the Student Residence Center building (building 89 on central campus maps). The physical address for navigation purposes is 2700 Campus Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87106. A Conference Guest Assistant will be checking you in and can be reached at 505-269-8215.
Off-campus housing options are many in Albuquerque. We have secured a discounted rate for Hampton Inn at Carlisle and I-40 (part of Hilton network) at $69.00 per night. To book, contact Mr. Joe Gallegos who can be reached at 505-837-9300 / cell 505-944-5772 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fortunately, Albuquerque is fairly easy to get to and central to many people in the Southwest.
Albuquerque’s main airport, officially called Albuquerque International Sunport, is served by the following airlines: American, Delta, Frontier, New Mexico Airlines, Southwest, United and US Airways.
Albuquerque’s main crossroads (locally known as the Big-I) are US Interstates 25 & 40. The main campus of The University of New Mexico is located just SE of this interchange. The University is bordered on the West by University Blvd, the North by Lomas Blvd, the South by Central Blvd, and the East by Girard Blvd. More detail here
By train or bus
Amtrak has a stop in Albuquerque of its daily train, the “Southwest Chief”, which travels between Los Angeles and Chicago. The Greyhound station receives many buses from throughout the country. There are also direct buses to several cities in Mexico.
Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and serves as an important hub for education, health care and other services for the state and beyond. There are many opportunities to soak in the rich culture and traditions throughout the city: it’s a trip! The city sits at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert and has an arid climate with mild winters and hot summers. July temperatures are usually in the 90’s (F) during the day without much cloud cover, though monsoonal weather systems might produce localized storms.
About New Mexico
The state of New Mexico is the 5th largest in the US but also the 6th least densely populated. It has a lot of public lands and very little surface water. For herpetologists, there are over 130 species of amphibians and reptiles (including some endemics), with the highest diversity in the southeast and southwest parts of the state. Regardless of the statistics, there are many places to explore (link to New Mexico Tourism).