You are invited to join us for Park Units in the Midwestern US: Restoration and Recovery for Amphibians and Reptiles, a webinar sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Branch in the Biological Resources Division of the National Park Service (NPS).

Date: Thursday, April 14

Duration: 1 hour

Start time: 12 pm PT, 1 pm MT, 2 pm CT, 3 pm ET

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5260607158715345410

Webinar ID: 115-353-395

Overview: Habitat loss, alteration, fragmentation, and degradation are the collective top conservation threats to amphibians and reptiles (i.e., herpetofauna). Herpetofauna are important bioindicators of pollution or ecosystem stress. They assist in control of rodent and insect populations, and serve as predator of and prey to other trophic levels. Reptiles provide other ecosystem services as seed dispersers. Salamanders play a role in carbon cycling and have biomedical value due to their ability to regenerate limbs. Further, herpetofauna have intrinsic and aesthetic value as well. Despite these and other measures of their importance, they are not afforded the conservation action, attention, and appropriations as other taxa, such as birds and large mammals.

This webinar covers material provided in Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwestern US and Western Canada by Bruce Kingsbury and Joanna Gibson (Eds.). The webinar will cover habitats and species in the NPS’s Midwest Region. However, the information provided in the webinar will be applicable to locations outside of park boundaries and so will benefit biologists and land managers outside of NPS as well.

About the Webinar Series: The Park Units in the Northwestern US: Restoration and Recovery for Amphibians and Reptiles Webinar (covering the Alaska, Pacific-West, and Intermountain regions) was presented on March 10. Please contact Jen Williams (jen_williams@nps.gov or 970-267-2159) if you are interested in a copy of this webinar or its accompanying materials.

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

IMPORTANT:

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Photo: Desmognathus fuscus found in Rockcastle County, Kentucky © Hargle

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