2017 Meeting

About SWPARC 2017

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.

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Keynote Speaker: David A. Steen Ph.D.

David A. Steen Ph.D. by Kat Whitney
David A. Steen Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University. Photo courtesy of Kat Whitney.

We’re excited to feature Dr. David Steen, named ‘Best Biologist on Twitter’  by Slate Magazine, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Steen communicates science to tens of thousands of people every day through his award-winning wildlife blog as well as social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.


Registration fees

*All presenters must be registered for the conference.

  • Adult Non-student $80
  • Adult Student $50 (must provide valid college or university ID the day of the meeting)
  • Youth Ages 6 to 18 $15
  • Children 5 years old or younger, FREE registration

*Note there is a small additional fee charged by the registration service provider.
Online registration is available through EventBrite.

Meeting Location & Accommodations

The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80216.
The hotel has reserved a block of rooms at a $105/night; that rate will be available until May 13th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


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Call for Abstracts

Instructions are available here or you can submit your abstract online here.


Thursday June 1

Friday June 2

  • 8:00-9:00 – Check in/Registration
  • 9:00-9:15 – Clint Henke and Ian Jessup (SWPARC Co-Chairs) – Opening Remarks
  • 9:15-10:00 – David A. Steen Ph.D. (Keynote Speaker) – Online Outreach to Promote Reptile Conservation: My Greatest Hits
  • 10:00-10:20 – BREAK (beverages and snacks provided)
  • Session I – Strategic Area I: Network Growth – Moderator: Clint Henke
    • 10:20-10:40 – Priya Nanjappa – Where PARC has been and where PARC is going; National PARC happenings
    • 10:40-11:00 – Jen Williams – Implementation of PARC Strategic Plan
    • 11:00-11:20 – Brent Schulze and Joe Ehrenberger – Working the Power of PARC!
    • 11:20-11:40 – James Dwyer and Duncan Eccleston – Protecting Reptiles by Protecting Substations: Preventing Electrocutions and Outages
    • 11:40-12:00 – M.L. Robinson – Naturalist Programs:  Providing a Basis for Herpetological Conservation Education
  • 12:00-1:30pm – Networking Lunch at Hotel (lunch provided)
  • Session II – Species Conservation and State of State Reports – Moderator: Joe Ehrenberger
    • 1:30-1:50 – Sarah Seegert – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in Utah
    • 1:50-2:10 – Kevin T. Fitzgerald, PhD, DVM, DABVP – Additional Information Regarding the Natural Behavior of Prairie Rattlesnakes using Radio Transmitters
    • 2:10-2:30 – Cristina Jones – Arizona SOS Update
    • 2:30-2:50 – Tina Jackson – Colorado SOS update
    • 2:50-3:10 – Leland Pierce – New Mexico SOS Update
  • Session III: Strategic Area II: Habitat Conservation – Moderator: Cristina Jones
    • 3:30-3:50 – Kevin K. Wheeler, Richard A. Fridell and Ann M. McLukie – Landscape-Scale Habitat Conservation for Mojave Desert Tortoise and Boreal Toad in Utah
    • 3:50-4:10 – Camille Griffith, Alessandra Higa, and Cynthia Anderson – Landscape Genetics of the Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornate) on the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • 4:10-5:00pm – HERP Quiz
  • 5:00-8:00pm – Social, Live Auction – (heavy appetizers  and 1 free drink ticket provided, cash bar)

Saturday June 3

  • Session I: Strategic Area III: Species Conservation – Moderator Esther Nelson
    • 9:00-9:20 – Bryon Shipley, Andrew Dubois, and Joseph Erenberger – Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalis viridis) Studies Engage Visitors and Inform Land Management along Colorado’s Developing Front Range
    • 9:20-9:40 – Lea R. Bonewell, Robert N. Reed, Amy Yackel-Adams, Bryan G. Falk, Emma B. Hanslowe, Mark A. Hayes, Adam Knox, and Thomas R. Stanley – Investigation of an Introduced Population of Southern Watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata) in the Lower Colorado River, Arizona
    • 9:40-10:00 – Amy Yackel-Adams and Robert N. Reed – Inferring the Absence of an Incipient Population: A Case Study Involving an Introduced Population of Watersnakes in the Lower Colorado River, Arizona
  • 10:00-10:20 – Break (beverages provided)
  • Session II:  Strategic Area III: Species Conservation (cont.) – Moderator M.L. Robinson
    • 10:20-10:40 – Lauren Livo – Two Many Turtles – The Arrival of an Invasive Species
    • 10:40-11:00 – Ann-Elizabeth (A.E.) Nash – Evidence for Personality in the Spiny-tailed Iguana
    • 11:00-11:20 – Melissa Amarello and Jeffrey J. Smith – Education and Advocacy are an Essential Part of Snake Conservation
    • 11:20-11:40 – Ian Jessup – Putting the ‘P’ in PARC: A Conversation about Recruiting and Retaining Partners
  • 11:40-12:00 – Closing Remarks
  • 12:00pm – Lunch (on your own)
  • 12:30-3:30pm – Field Trip – Denver Zoo (2300 Steele Street, Denver, Colorado 80205– Show nametag and receive free admittance to the zoo. Look for SWPARC sign in the Tropical Discovery Building (near entrance). Zookeepers will check in every 15 minutes to provide behind the scenes tours from 12:30 to 3:30 for SWPARC members. SWPARC members are welcome to wander the rest of the zoo too.
  • 5:00pm-? – Informal Social – location TBD (based on interest)

Sunday June 4

  • 9:00-1:00 – Field trip – Rocky Flats NWR (West Gate, 10808 Colorado 93, Golden, Colorado) – Will meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at the Refuge Entrance at 10:00am; SWPARC members allowed to wander the refuge grounds and look for our cold-blooded friends. The refuge is not open to the public yet, so this provide a great opportunity to enjoy the refuge grounds privately.