The mission of Ohio Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (OHPARC) is to conserve amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats as integral parts of Ohio’s ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships.
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.
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.