September Newsletter

SE PARC 2020 Meeting

This year we are returning to Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL for our annual meeting, held from February 20-23, 2020! Our theme this year is "Putting the 'P' Back in PARC: Partnerships Allow for Real Collaborations". Please keep an eye out for our Call for Abstracts and announcement of this year's symposia topics, coming soon. Check our website to stay updated!

Upcoming Conferences:

Sept 29 – Oct 3, 2019: The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada
November 18 - 20, 2019: Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference, Baltimore, Maryland
January 5 – 10, 2020: The 9th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH9), Dunedin, New Zealand

PARC Announces New Online Partner Expert Database

PARC has developed this database to increase partnerships and collaborative working relationships among the herpetofauna conservation community. Users of the database can enter information about themselves (name, contact information, areas of expertise, species of expertise, etc.) and can also search for other members based on these data fields. We hope you find the PARC Partner Expert Database a useful tool for forging proactive partnerships to conserve amphibians, reptiles, and the places they live.

Please take a moment to enter your information (it should only take a couple minutes) to maximize the utility of the database, and to enhance one of the greatest assets of PARC: its Network!

https://parcplace.org/network/parc-partners/

If you have suggestions for improving the database, please send them to parc_coordinators@parcplace.org

Chris Petersen and Alex Novarro
Co-Chairs, PARC Joint National Steering Committee

A novel approach to supporting amphibian conservation in the Southeast US
Guest Post by Mark Mandica, Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation

The current U.S. administration has deprioritized wildlife and habitat conservation, and has backed away from the global discussion on finding solutions to the climate change crises. There are discussions around the status of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, potentially dismantling it, but many species do not have time to wait for these discussions to shift or end. Action is needed now. This is a grim situation at the national level and many organizations—including Atlanta’s Amphibian Foundation (AF)—are hard at work continuing to support much-needed conservation efforts.
In 2016, after 20 years in amphibian biology and conservation, I, with my wife Crystal, founded the Amphibian Foundation. We have observed the urgency first hand — at the global level and at home. It is harder for our 11 year old son Anthony to simply go outside and find a frog than it was for us when we were young. We knew that the amphibian community would benefit from an organization with the sole purpose of developing on-the-ground solutions to the amphibian extinction crisis. Working with a growing list of passionate partners, AF focuses on the conservation of many imperiled species native to the southeastern U.S.
Several years before AF, we started a summer camp at our son’s school focusing on amphibians and reptiles. We called this camp Critter Camp, and it started as a program to get kids excited about these fascinating animals. This science-based educational experience is now offered throughout the summer and during school-year breaks.
The hands-on aspect of Critter Camp fosters respect for amphibians and reptiles, provides a better understanding of the animals, and sparks fascination of these unique and often imperiled creatures. Each summer, many of the same children return, and some of our instructors are former campers. We just finished our fifth year of Critter Camp, and this summer engaged over 330 campers at six different locations, and trained 22 instructors to aid in getting kids pumped about amphibians, reptiles, and conservation.

READ MORE HERE

Submit your content!

We at SE PARC are excited to announce that we are now including member-submitted content. If you have an article, announcement, photo, or post you would like to share with other members of our PARC region, please send it to us at separc@separc.org. Current and future newsletters will also be archived on our website under the Products tab - or click here!

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June Newsletter

News from ARC (Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy)

Upcoming Conferences:

July 24 - July 28: Joint Meeting of Icthyology and Herpetology. Snowbird, Utah
August 4 - August 8: 17th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. Tucson, Arizona

Request for Help with Collecting Eastern Newt Efts

Researchers currently investigating the threat of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) invasion in eastern North America are using the widely distributed and abundant, eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) as a model species. In addition to testing the susceptibility of this species at different temperatures, they are performing experiments to investigate various factors that affect Bsal transmission for adults and juveniles (efts). More details about the research is available at this website.

Approximately 200 efts are needed for the proposed experiments. Given that efts tend to be less dense and more difficult to capture than adults, we are reaching out to biologists, students, and scientists across the eastern U.S. that might be able to collect and send efts for this research. If you or folks under your supervision are able to collect 5 or more efts, please contact Anna Peterson (apeter53@vols.utk.edu) and Matt Gray (mgray11@utk.edu). Those that can help will be included in the acknowledgements of any resulting publication as contributing to this research. Containers for holding newts, shipping supplies, and a FedEx account number will be provided. Collection could occur any time between now and winter 2019. If you are unable to collect but know of a colleague who might be able to help, please let Anna and Matt know and they will reach out to them.

Herps get South Carolina Television Spotlight

Coastal Kingdom, hosted by Tony Mills, is an EMMY award winning television series showcasing the diverse habitats and wildlife of the South Carolina Lowcountry. One of the most recent episodes, “The Sandhills”, features indigo snakes and gopher tortoises. It was filmed in partnership with South Carolina DNR, The Orianne Society, and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. All episodes of Coastal Kingdom are available for free online at www.coastalkingdom.com and for South Carolina residents, can be viewed on SCETV on Wednesdays at 7pm. Follow their Facebook page for updates on new episodes.

Guest post by Rachel Walman, LowCountry Institute

Venomous Handling Certification 

The Rattlesnake Conservancy is offering Level 1 Certification Courses at the following dates/locations:

8/24-25 - Melrose, FL
9/4-5 - Archer, FL
9/7-8 - Jacksonville, FL

This course is applicable for novices and individuals with entry level experience, or may be taken by advanced individuals as a refresher on information learned. For more information, please visit their website at savethebuzztails.org/training.

Submit Your Content!

We at SE PARC are excited to announce that we are now including member-submitted content. Our next contribution will be from the Amphibian Foundation! If you have an article, announcement, photo, or post you would like to share with other members of our PARC region, please send it to us at separc@separc.org. Current and future newsletters will also be archived on our website under the Products tab - or click here!

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April 2019 Newsletter

Department of Defense PARC Shutterfly

 The DoD PARC photographic website serves as a platform to share pictures of herpetofauna and their habitats for use in presentations, posters, pamphlets, fact sheets, and more for free. PARC members have added nearly 3,000 pictures to the website – including photos of more than half of all amphibian and reptile species found in the U.S. You must be a member of the photo website to download pictures. To join and/or contribute photos, please email chris.petersen@navy.mil
 

Upcoming Conferences

June 17 - June 20: 9th Hellbender SymposiumBlacksburg, Virgina
June 19 - June 22: 42nd Annual International Herpetological SymposiumBelize City, Belize
July 24 - July 28: Joint Meeting of Icthyology and HerpetologySnowbird, Utah
August 4 - August 8: 17th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater TurtlesTucson, Arizona
 

Conservation Action Plans

Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) are concise, usable 10-12 page documents for the management of a particular species. PARC is especially interested in developing CAPs for species that are at risk, but not yet listed and have created a template. DoD PARC has already developed two such documents (for the gopher frog and the spotted turtle). We are collecting information about CAPs already developed or in the development process in the southeast, and looking for interested parties to facilitate the creation of additional CAPs.

If you (or a colleague) are already currently working on a CAP for a species in the southeast, or if you are interested in getting involved in the process for a particular species, please email us at separc@separc.org
 

Submit Your Content!

We at SE PARC are excited to announce that we will be including member-submitted content beginning with our next newsletter. Our first contribution will be from the Amphibian Foundation! If you have an article, announcement, photo, or post you would like to share with other members of our PARC region, please send it to us at separc@separc.org