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!

If you have suggestions for improving the database, please send them to

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.


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