2014 meeting

About SWPARC 2014

The annual SWPARC meeting is hosted by the San Diego ZOO Global this year and it will be held Jun 9-13th!

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.

Agenda *updated 5 June*

June 8 Sunday

AZA FrogWatch USA Training Seminar – location San Diego Zoo meeting room

9:30 am – 4:30 pm led by Rachel Gauza from AZA (Lunch to be provided)

6:00 – 10:00 pm Evening Meet and Greet Location to Be Determined

June 9 Monday

8:30 – 10:00 Closed SW PARC Joint Steering Committee meeting
8:00 – 12:00 Registration – location in hotel TBD
1:00 – Welcome, state of SW PARC, meeting overview – Kim Lovich
1:15 – 2:00 National PARC update – Priya/Jen
2:00 – 2:30 Venomous curriculum/ Master naturalist Update – M L Robinson/Bryan
2:30 – 3:00 PARCAs Presentation – Brian Todd /Priya Nanjappa
3:00 – 3:20 Break
3:20 – 3:50 Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Biomonitoring Workshop – Brian Aucone
3:50 – 4:00 Colorado PARC Update – Clint Henke/Danny Martin
4:00 – 4:10 Desert Tortoise Workshop Planning Update – Jason Jones/Cristina Jones
4:10 – 4:20 Nevada Dept of Wildlife Update – Jason Jones
4:20 – 4:30 PARC ‘n’ Ride for PARC – Fundraising and Outreach Bike Ride – Michelle Christman
4:30 – 4:40 Don’t Turn It Loose! – Kim Lovich/ Cristina Jones
4:40 – 4:50 If not you, then who – how our working groups work – Kim Lovich
6:00 – 10:00pm Informal Ice Breaker at Stone Brewery (walking distance)

June 10 Tuesday

8:30 –8:40 Meeting greeting /review – Kim Lovich
8:40 – 9:00 Chiricahua Leopard Frog Head Start & Reintroduction – Kim Lovich/Dawn Wilson
9:00 – 9:20 Shovel Nosed Snake Species Genetics – Dustin Wood
9:20 – 9:40 Tucson Shovel Nosed Snake Conservation – Janet Lynn
9:40 – 10:00 Herpetological Inventory at Naval Air Facility El Centro – Kyle McCann
10:00 – 10:20 Tehachapi Slender Salamander Conservation Impacts – Chris Evelyn
10:20 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:00 Fire Effects on Herp Populations in So. California – Robert Fisher
11:00 – 11:20 Reintroduction Efforts for Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog – Frank Santana/Adam Backlin
11:20 – 12:00 Working group discussion and break out session – Kim Lovich opens session
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch On Your Own – Restaurants Nearby

Federal Agency Lunch with Jen Williams – Location TBD

State Agency Lunch with Priya Nanjappa – Location TBD

1:30 – 3:10 Working group discussion and break out session – Kim Lovich opens session

3:10-3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 Working group discussion and break out session – Kim Lovich opens session

4:30 – 5:30 pm Poster Session

7:00 – 10:00 pm Auction and reception on Terrace (at hotel)

June 11 Wednesday

8:30 – 8:40 Meeting greeting /review – Kim Lovich

8:40 – 9:00 NAHERP Citizen Science Program – Brian Hinds

9:00 – 9:20 Distribution of Common Garter Snake – Edward Ervin/ Clark Mahrdt

9:20 – 9:30 CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife Updates– Laura Patterson

9:20 – 9:30 AZ Dept of Game and Fish Updates– Tom Jones

9:40 – 10:00 Pacific Pond Turtle Headstart and Reintroduction – Tommy Owens/Chris Brown

10:00 – 10:20 Red Diamond Rattlesnake Habitat Use and Ecology – Eric Dugan 10:20 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 11:00 Long Term Trends with the Arroyo Toad at Camp Pendleton – Sheryl Brehme

11:00 – 11:30 DOD PARC – who, what, when, why – Rob Lovich

11:30 – 12:00 Habitat Management Guidelines Presentation – Larry Jones

12:00-1:30 Lunch On Your Own – Restaurants Nearby

1:30 – 3:00 Working group discussion and break out session – Kim Lovich opens session

3:00 – 3:20 Break

3:20 – 4:30 Working Group Summaries and Meeting Review – Kim Lovich/Steering Committee

5:00 pm- 10:00pm BBQ at USGS WERC (walking distance)

June 12 Thursday
7:30 am morning meet up in hotel and field trips depart from hotel around

8:30am Adults – Camp Pendleton (boxed lunch included) Kids – Zoo day (boxed lunch included)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Zoo dinner – Vans and carpool vehicles to depart from the hotel at 4:30 arrive at zoo by 5 pm. Dinner at Treetops 6:00pm Depart Zoo 8:30 pm

June 13 Friday

6:30 am morning meet up and field trips from hotel

Adults and kids – Anza Borrego State Park (boxed Lunch included) Some to stay overnight others to return to hotel (split groups).

Participant Information for the field trip to ABDSP — June 13 and 14
June 14 Saturday

Hotel departure – others may have opted to camp/stay in Anza Borrego etc.

Meeting Location

Main sessions and evening events will be at Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station hotel.

Accommodations

Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station hotel in San Diego is the main venue for the meeting. SWPARC room rate is $169 USD per night and rooms can be booked several ways: you can call the hotel directly at (619) 221-1900 or toll free number (800) 321-2211. Please ask for the San Diego Zoo SWPARC group rate &/or group code “SDZ”. Please advise that the discounted rate applies to the nights of Sunday, June 8th, to check out Saturday, June 14th, 2014. (also 3 days prior and following, pending hotel availability) The cutoff date for booking rate is May 27th. Below is your web link for booking reservations online with the group code:

–> Book your group rate: SD Zoo Global SWPARC >>

Airport Shuttle Information:

Arrivals:

  • Once you have picked up your bags please dial 619-221-1900 for a pick-up
  • From baggage claim make your way across the sky bridge to the “Courtesy Vehicle Pickup”
  • The shuttle has a Courtyard by Marriott Logo along the sides and reads “Liberty Station” along the top

Departures:

  • Please contact a front desk agent upon check-in to schedule a shuttle drop off to the airport
  • Shuttle leaves every half hour- based on availability

Transportation

Fortunately, San Diego is fairly easy to get to and you can not get much more Southwest in the continental United States!

BY AIR

San Diego’s main airport, also known as Lindbergh Field, is served by many large carriers, including American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United, WestJet and Volaris.