OHPARC at MWPARC meeting

The Ohio group at MWPARC's 2017 annual meeting.
Ohioans in attendance at Midwest PARC’s 2017 annual meeting in Martinsville, Indiana.

Members of the newest state chapter of PARC (that’s OHPARC) made a strong showing at the regional working group meeting.  The MWPARC annual meeting was held in August 2017 in Martinsville, Indiana.  The focus of the meeting was Conservation, Management, and Monitoring of Fossorial
Species with a special emphasis on the Kirtland’s Snake.

In addition to all of the great oral and poster presentations, task teams spent time discussing Blanding’s Turtles, Kirtland’s Snakes, and attending a disease workshop by Dr. Matt Allender.  And, of course, there was lots of networking and socializing!  You can read more about the meeting at the MWPARC page.

Biosecurity: Getting the word out!

Emerging diseases are a commonly discussed issue among those who work with amphibians and reptiles.  But what about everyone else?  Lots of people go into wetlands and herp habitat, but not everyone is aware aware of the risk they pose as potential vectors of disease.

Led by Advisory Board member Teal Richards-Dimitrie, OHPARC recently sent a letter to organizations, agencies, and individuals to make them aware of the disease issues and to encourage proper biosecurity measures.  You can read the letter here.

For more information about emerging diseases, visit the PARC National Disease Task Team page.

Long-tailed Salamander. Photo by Greg Lipps.
Gray Treefrog calling from flooded fallow agricultural field