The information provided in the webinar will be applicable to locations outside of park boundaries too and so will benefit any biologist or land manager.

You are invited to join us for Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles for U.S. National Parks in the Northeast, a webinar sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Branch in the Biological Resources Division of the National Park Service (NPS).

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Duration: 1 hour

Start time: 8:30 am PT, 9:30 am MT, 10:30 am CT, 11:30 am ET

Registration URL:

Webinar ID: 150-013-235


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This webinar covers material provided in PARC’s Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Northeastern US by Joseph Mitchell, Alvin Breisch, and Kurt Buhlmann (Eds.). The webinar will cover habitats and species in the NPS’s Northeastern Region.

About the Speakers:

Joseph C. (Joe) Mitchell has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and has focused on the conservation, ecology, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles for over 40 years. He is self-employed, and has conducted conservation and management research on 16 national parks and 21 military bases, among others. He wrote the first habitat conservation plan under a joint venture by two federal agencies (USFS, USFWS). He is the author of e Reptiles of Virginia, Smithsonian Institution Press, and senior editor of Urban Herpetology, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Alvin (Al) Breisch received his B.S. from Penn State and M.S. from the University at Albany. He is currently a collaborator with the Roosevelt Wild Life Station at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Previously he was the Amphibian and Reptile Specialist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation before retiring in 2009. He is the director of the New York Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project and coauthor of The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State: Identification, Life History and Conservation. Al co-chaired the Joint National Steering Committee for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Northeast PARC.

Kurt A. Buhlmann holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Stockton State College in New Jersey, an M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech , and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia.  He has worked with The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, Conservation International, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others. He is currently a Senior Research Associate with the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He also operates Buhlmann Ecological Research and Consulting, LLC as an environmental consultant. Kurt’s research interests include life history and evolutionary ecology with application for species recovery, conservation and management.  He has studied terrestrial habitat needs of amphibians and reptiles around seasonal wetlands, the effects of prescribed fire, control of invasive species, and wetland restoration. He has been involved with turtle habitat management and restoration projects, and has helped implement reintroduction strategies for Gopher Tortoises at several sites in the Southeast, and more recently, head-starting research with freshwater turtles (Blanding’s and Wood) in the Northeast, as well as with Desert Tortoises in the Mojave Desert.

About the Webinar Series:

The Park Units in the Northwestern US: Restoration and Recovery for Amphibians and Reptiles Webinar (covering NPS’s Alaska, Pacific-West, and Intermountain regions) was presented on March 10, 2016.

The Park Units in the Midwestern US: Restoration and Recovery for Amphibians and Reptiles Webinar (covering NPS’s Northeast Region) was presented on April 14, 2016.

Please contact Jen Williams (jen_williams@nps.golv or 970-267-2159) if you are interested in a copy of these webinars or their accompanying materials.

There will be one more webinar focusing on Habitat Management Guidelines to assist natural resource managers with amphibian and reptile conservation. The southeastern US webinar is planned for October. Stay tuned for more details!

Photo: Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) © Fyn Kynd Photography

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