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.

Overcoming Challenges to the Recovery of Declining Amphibian Populations in the United States

Overcoming Challenges to the Recovery of Declining Amphibian Populations in the United States, published in the December 2016 issue of BioScience, covers:​

  • History and benefits of the Endangered Species Act
  • Challenges to recovery: lListing delays/biases, recovery plan development, implementation of recovery plans, and ​critical habitat designation
  • Increasing trends in petitions
  • Human behaviors that may contribute to delays in species recovery


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.

NRCS/PARC Conservation Webinar – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology
National Technology Support Centers

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

Dec 14, 2016 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

What will you learn?

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

Session Details:

Dec 14, 2016 2:00 pm US/Eastern Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)
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*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***

Who should participate?

Conservationists, Wildlife Biologists, Land Owners, Land Managers, Technical Service Providers, Others

Education Credits Units:

  • Society of American Foresters – 1 hour Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
  • The Wildlife Society – 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit [status: Applied For]
  • Conservation Planner – 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit [status: Approved]
  • Georgia Master Timber Harvester – 1 hour CLE – Environment Credit [status: Approved]

Contact William.Hohman@ftw.usda.gov for more information.

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PARC is currently accepting nominations to fill the Co-chair position of the Joint National Steering Committee

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):

  • Schedule, coordinate, and preside over JNSC conference calls and meetings
    • Monthly conference calls have a standing time and day (currently first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 pm ET)
  • Assist National Coordinators in determining PARC priorities
    • Planning calls are 1 hr/wk, currently on Wednesdays at 2 pm ET
  • Make executive decisions following discussion with National Coordinators
  • Attend the annual in-person meeting:
    • 2017: in Spokane, WA on March 7 (if possible)
    • 2018 & 2019: in March preceding the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources conferences
    • Travel expenses may be covered by the co-chair’s agency or organization, but may be covered by PARC if needed

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:

  • Regional Working Group Co-chair; or
  • Member of the JNSC; or
  • Active PARC member at the regional level; or
  • Board member of a non-profit organization and with expertise in the field of conservation.

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 parc_coordinators@parcplace.org and include:

  • Name
  • Contact info (email and phone)
  • Brief statement (1-2 sentences) of why you are interested in the position (if self-nominating) or why you think this person would be a strong candidate (if nominating someone else).
  • Short bio of the nominee (200 words or less)

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.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to your nominations!

PARC Leadership

PARC JNSC Membership

  • 2 National co-chairs serving at-large (2 seats, 2 votes)
  • 10 Regional co-chairs, 2 from each of the 5 Regional Working Groups (10 seats, 5 votes)
  • 2 Co-chairs from PARC’s Federal Agencies Steering Committee (2 seats, 1 vote)
  • 2 Chair (1) and Vice Chair (1) of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Amphibian and Reptile Subcommittee (2 seats, 1 vote)
  • 3 At-large, non-agency members, as appointed by the JNSC National Co-chairs, and subject to approval by a majority vote of the voting body of the (3 seats, 3 votes)
  • 2 National Coordinators (2 seats, 2 votes)

Roles & Responsibilities of the National Co-Chairs (Detailed)

  1. Schedule, coordinate, and preside over JNSC conference calls and meetings;
    1. Work with National Coordinators to create and distribute call agendas and minutes, or delegate as necessary.
    2. Ensure timely follow-up on action items;
    3. Ensure timely follow-up with Regional Working Group co-chairs and associated project progress; and
    4. Report PARC JNSC and national task team activities and progress to the members of the JNSC.
  2. Work with National Coordinators on the planning and content of annual PARC meetings.
  3. Serve as the overall PARC Leadership when approaching sponsors, funding sources, or communicating to the greater PARC audience.
  4. Evaluate PARC progress and success in meeting its mission including active involvement from all Regional Working Groups.
  5. Assist National Coordinators in determining priorities.
  6. Make executive decisions following discussion with the two National Coordinators; the entire JNSC will be notified of these decisions within one month.
  7. Coordinate closely with Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) leadership, including participating in monthly ARC conference calls when possible.
  8. Coordinate on the content of the PARC webpage with the webmaster.
  9. As funding allows, attend and represent PARC at national herpetological and related conferences and events (or delegate this duty as needed).
  10. Eligibility:
    1. Anyone running for election to the position of National Co-chair must have demonstrated leadership skills, including, but not limited to experience as:
      1. a Regional Working Group Co-chair; or
      2. as a member of the JNSC; or
      3. an active PARC member at the regional level; or
      4. a board member of a non-profit organization and with expertise in the field of conservation.
    2. In addition to time commitment, prospective National co-chairs also should consider other necessary incidental costs. Prospective National co-chairs should discuss the role with their current employers to determine if the employer will approve and/or support their involvement, including travel to National PARC meetings and the use of office space, postage, telephone, copying, and the employee’s time for official PARC business, as these are all items that the co-chair may or may not be reimbursed for by the PARC organization.

2nd Annual Call for Conservation Grant Proposals from the American Turtle Observatory

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.

Focal Landscapes
I. Northeastern United States and eastern Canada
II. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain
III. Sonoran Desert
IV. Sierra Madre Occidental
V. Chihuahuan Desert
VI. Florida
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).

PARC’s Inventory and Monitoring Guidelines are now available to purchase on Amazon!

Inventory and Monitoring GuidelinesWe’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.

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