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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