Joint Meeting with North Carolina PARC - "Staying on PAR: Using Proactive, Adaptive, and Responsive Management" - Squarespace

Joint Meeting with North Carolina PARC - "Staying on PAR: Using Proactive, Adaptive, and Responsive Management" - Squarespace
Joint Meeting with North Carolina PARC

“Staying on PAR: Using Proactive, Adaptive,
       and Responsive Management”
            February 14 – 17, 2019
          YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
              Black Mountain, NC
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SEPARC/NCPARC Joint Meeting 2019

Meeting Logo Information: This year’s SEPARC Conference species is the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina —
the state reptile of North Carolina, where the conference will be held. The model for this particular illustration is a
rehabilitated non-releasable Box Turtle which lives in a turtle sanctuary located at the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta.
The sanctuary was built through a partnership between the Foundation, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Orianne
Society as well as the wildlife rehabilitators at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and AWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal
Rescue Effort). This Box Turtle was rehabilitated at AWARE and you can’t tell by the drawing, but was missing it’s left leg.
This illustration was drawn by SEPARC Steering Committee member and Amphibian Foundation Founder Mark Mandica.
His son, Anthony (who is the official ‘namer’ of the AF) named this turtle ‘Rebel’.

Every year, Box Turtles are taken from the wild as pets, or by well-meaning people concerned about the turtle’s safety.
For the most part, these turtles do better if they are left alone and generally stick to a precise home range — moving them
without good reason can cause more harm than good. Box Turtles that are kept as pets and maintained in improper
conditions or on a less than ideal diet for long periods, can develop chronic conditions which lead rehabilitators to deem
them as not suitable for release back into the wild. This happens when the veterinary staff believe the animal would either
not survive if released and/or is a threat due to illness which might be passed to wild turtle populations if released. Every
year in Atlanta, many Box Turtles are brought to these institutions after people no longer want to keep them as pets. This
led the Amphibian Foundation to look for partners in establishing a turtle sanctuary for misfit, damaged or otherwise non-
releasable native turtles. The sanctuary serves 2 purposes: 1) it provides a safe place to house turtles outdoors where
they can be monitored and isolated from wild populations and 2) to serve as a mechanism for educating the public about
the pressures that turtles face, particularly in an urban environment. If you are considering a Box Turtle for a pet, please
be aware that this is a long-term commitment (these turtles live a loooooong time), have specific requirements in order to
stay healthy, and may require a permit to own in your state.

A Big THANK YOU to our Meeting Sponsors:

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                            SE PARC Meetings Code of Conduct
SE PARC is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting
participants. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors,
PARC staff, service providers and others are expected to abide by this SE PARC Meetings Code of
Conduct. In generating this document to guide personal responsibility at our meetings we have relied
heavily on the code of conduct used by the Ecological Society of America, based on Favaro et al.

Expected Behavior
▪ Treat all participants with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
▪ Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
▪ Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
▪ Avoid personal attacks directed toward others.
▪ Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
▪ Respect the rules, policies, and property of the meeting venue.
▪ Adhere to State and Federal laws, including wildlife regulations.
▪ Use of decontaminated equipment for any outings and use of proper decontamination protocols
thereafter are strongly encouraged.

Unacceptable Behavior
▪ Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.
▪ Physical or verbal abuse.
▪ Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions.
▪ Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to
gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin,
inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, threatening or

▪ Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
▪ SE PARC Co-chairs or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including
immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.
▪ SE PARC reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future SE PARC meeting.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior
▪ If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please
immediately notify a SE PARC Co-Chair.
▪ Notification should be done by contacting a SE PARC Co-chair in person or you may email your
concern to
▪ Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public
safety is advised to contact venue security and/or local police.

Favaro et al. 2016. Your science conference should have a code of conduct. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:103.

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9:00 am     Giant Salamander Meeting, Robertson Room 2, Blue Ridge Center

12:00 pm Registration begins (Washburn; Registration will continue throughout the evening until 6:00 pm).

1:00 pm     Longleaf ARC Project Workshop, Robertson Room 1, Blue Ridge Center

5:00 pm     Welcome, Katie Parson and Rebecca Cozad, SEPARC Co-chairs

5:15 pm     National Updates
            PARC, Chris Petersen, PARC Joint National Steering Committee Co-Chair and DoD PARC National
            What is ARC, how does it affect PARC, and how can you help, JJ Apodaca, ARC

6:00 pm     Poster Session and Social (heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided), Washburn

Silent Auction Items Sign-In and Photo Contest Setup


8:00 am     BREAKFAST, Blue Ridge Center; Registration Continues in Washburn

9:00 am     Announcements and Keynote Introduction, Katie Parson and Rebecca Cozad, SEPARC Co-chairs

9:15 am     Keynote Address: How research has contributed to Proactive, Adaptive, and Responsive Management of
            the endangered dusky gopher frog, Joe Pechmann, Western Carolina University

SESSION 1 – 10 Years of Herp Conservation in NC moderated by

10:00 am Recruitment augmentation and habitat restoration in two declining North Carolina bog turtle populations, Mike
         Knoerr, Clemson University

10:15 am Partners in slime: headstarting gopher frogs at the NC Aquarium, Ryan McAlarney, NC Aquariums

10:30 am Long-term trends and conservation status of green salamanders in NC, JJ Apodaca, ARC

10:45 am Estimating extinction for the southern hognose snake to inform listing decisions under the US Endangered
         Species Act, Brian Crawford, University of Georgia

11:00 am BREAK

11:15 am Task Teams, all in Blue Ridge Center
          Diseases/Pathogens/Parasites (Amanda Duffus, Jennifer Ballard, and Debra Miller)
          Hellbender Working Group (John Groves)
          Reintroduction/Translocation (Tracey Tuberville and Kurt Buhlmann)
          Education and Outreach (Ashley LaVere)
          Gopher/Crawfish Frog Complex (Jeff Hall and Mike Sisson)

12:30 pm LUNCH, Blue Ridge Center

SESSION 2 – General Talks moderated by

1:30 pm     The amphibian report card, a new tool for amphibian conservation, Kirsten Hecht, University of Florida

1:45 pm     Impacts of invasive Xenopus laevis on disease ecology of native Florida amphibians, Matthew Atkinson,
            University of Central Florida
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2:00 pm     Linking In-situ and Ex-situ populations of endangered amphibians for conserving genetic variability in
            assurance populations, Allison Julien, Mississippi State University

2:15 pm     A cool-loving fungus - temperature drives virulence of Bsal, Davis Carter, University of Tennessee Center for
            Wildlife Health

2:30 pm     The effect of vegetation type on larval density-dependence in crawfish frogs, Chelsea Kross, University of

2:45 pm     Anuran traits of the United States (ATraiU): a comprehensive traits database for basic and applied research,
            Chloe Moore, Virginia Tech

3:00 pm     BREAK

SESSION 3 – Speed Talks moderated by

3:15 pm     North American Bsal Task Force - plans to prevent an invasion, Matthew Gray, University of Tennessee
            Center for Wildlife Health

3:20 pm     Prevalence assessment of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis across two habitat
            types in east TN, Paul-Erik Bakland, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

3:25 pm     Monitoring headstarted dusky gopher frogs: survival, movements, and habitat use of a critically endangered
            species, Elizabeth Roznik, Memphis Zoo

3:30 pm     Resiliency of artificial hellbender shelters in North Carolina, Lauren Diaz, Clemson University

3:35 pm     Immune gene diversity in the federally endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander, Tyler Williams,
            Louisiana State University

3:40 pm     Habitat mediated responses of terrestrial salamanders to wildfire in short-term, Meaghan Gade, Ohio State

3:45 pm     Questions for speed talk presenters

3:50 pm     General Business Meeting, Election for new Junior Co-chair and other positions

4:15 pm     BREAK

SESSION 4 – General Talks moderated by

4:30 pm     Seeking shelter from the storm: conservation and management of imperiled species in a changing climate,
            Jonathan Chandler, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4:45 pm     Upland snake community in montane longleaf pine habitats in Paulding and Sheffield Wildlife Management
            Areas, Miranda Gulsby, Kennesaw State University

5:00 pm     Impacts of environmental and landscape variables on detection of snakes during road surveys, Shawn Snyder,
            Tennessee State University

5:15 pm     Modeling strategies and evaluating successes during repatriations of an elusive and endangered snake,
            Drymarchon couperi, Brian Folt, Auburn University

5:30 pm     Translocations of nuisance timber rattlesnakes: a possible management solution, Danny Bryan, Cumberland

5:45 pm     Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola: occurrence in southern Georgia snake fauna and a new concern for eastern indigo
            snake conservation, Benjamin Stegenga, The Orianne Society
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6:00 pm     DINNER, Blue Ridge Center; Silent Auction, Washburn


8:00 am     BREAKFAST, Blue Ridge Center; Registration Continues, Washburn

SESSION 5 – Long-term Research moderated by

9:00 am     America's longest research study on diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin): status and review, Whit
            Gibbons, University of Georgia

9:15 am     It takes a village to save a species: How 10 years of wetland restoration efforts on multiple neighboring
            conservation lands exemplifies the need for collaboration among diverse partners, Kelly C. Jones, Virginia
            Tech; and Megan Keserauskis Kunzer, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

9:30 am     The Turtle Survival Alliance: 18 years of global turtle conservation, Cris Hagen, Turtle Survival Alliance

9:45 am     The impact of climate variability on body size variation in larval salamanders, Thomas Anderson, Appalachian
            State University

10:00 am BREAK

SESSION 6 – Speed Talks moderated by

10:15 am Estimating biomass and ideal sampling periods for a cryptic, stream-breeding salamander using
         environmental DNA, Nicole Witzel, Tennessee State University

10:20 am Status assessment: distribution, occupancy and abundance of Ambystoma barbouri in central Kentucky
         streams, Andrea Drayer, University of Kentucky

10:25 am Ecology of Siren intermedia in western Kentucky: preliminary results using a spatial capture-recapture
         approach, Allison Davis, University of Kentucky

10:30 am Divergent reproductive phenologies in male Eurycea with alternative reproductive tactics, Todd Pierson,
         University of Tennessee

10:35 am Effects of Snake Fungal Disease on short-term survival, behavior, and movement in free-ranging snakes,
         Steven Price, University of Kentucky

10:40 am Evaluating the potential of a newly established wildlife helpline for herpetofaunal research, management,
         and education objectives in NC, Meagan Thomas, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

10:45 am Questions for speed talk presenters

10:50 am BREAK

SESSION 7 – General Talks moderated by

11:05 am The contribution of wetland succession to declines of threatened amphibians in the longleaf pine
         ecosystem, Angela Burrow, University of Georgia

11:20 am Effects of forest management on habitat structure and upland pine-associated herpetofaunal communities,
         Ethan Royal, University of Arkansas

11:35 am Influence of host density and habitat structure on eastern newt contact rates and pathogen transmission,
         Daniel Malagon, University of Tennessee Center for Wildlife Health
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11:50 am Disentangling arboreal habitat use in green salamanders, Walter Smith, The University of Virginia’s College at

12:05 pm Reproductive output in southern populations of spotted turtles, Houston Chandler, The Orianne Society

12:30 pm     LUNCH, Blue Ridge Center

SESSION 8 – General Talks moderated by

1:30 pm     Health and density effects on overwintering behavior of translocated gopher tortoises in northwest FL, Becca
            Cozad, Nokuse Plantation

1:45 pm     Gopher tortoise movement and habitat associations on working forest landscapes, Duston Duffie, Mississippi
            State University

2:00 pm     Making haste slowly: the pursuit of tangible results for gopher tortoise recovery on a military installation, Vivian
            Porter, Virginia Tech, and Jeremy Preston, Eglin Air Force Base

2:15 pm     Double vision: the sympatric interactions of two closely-related musk turtles (Genus: Sternotherus) in the
            Pascagoula River system, Grover Brown, University of Southern Mississippi

2:30 pm     Conservation genetics of two imperiled Graptemys species (G. gibbonsi and G. pearlensis) petitioned for
            federal listing, Luke Pearson, University of Southern Mississippi

2:45 pm     BREAK

SESSION 9 – Speed Talks moderated by

3:00 pm     Survival, growth, and movement of head-started alligator snapping turtles in southeast Louisiana, Brad
            Glorioso, U.S. Geological Survey

3:05 pm     Staying alive: waif tortoise survival and population dynamics following translocation, Rebecca McKee,
            University of Georgia

3:10 pm     Comparing UAVs to traditional field methods in surveying of freshwater turtles, Kelly Daniels, University of

3:15 pm     Assessment of biodiversity relationships in turtle and leech parasite-host assemblages in middle TN
            wetlands across a disturbance gradient, Laura Horton, Tennessee State University

3:20 pm     Survey of the turtle community of northeast Louisiana: a progress report, J. Ben Grizzle, University of
            Louisiana – Monroe

3:25 pm     Questions for speed talk presenters

3:30 pm     BREAK

3:45 pm     WORKSHOPS (see below for descriptions):

         Engaging with the Public: Tools from Current Research                     Robertson Room 1
         Photography                                                               Robertson Room 2
         Frogloggers and Stumpcams                                                 Washburn
         Marking Techniques                                                        Region Room

5:30 pm     Steering Committee and Officers meeting

6:00 pm     DINNER, Blue Ridge Center

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8:00 am     BREAKFAST, Blue Ridge Center

Field trips depart at 9:00 am (see below for more information)

Workshop Descriptions:

Engaging with the Public: Tools from Current Research: Public engagement is a popular topic within the scientific
community and can be an effective tool in promoting herpetological conservation. Despite the increase in outreach and
engagement by scientists, many scientists are unfamiliar with the public engagement and conservation behavior research
which may limit the effectiveness of their efforts. During this interactive workshop we will use current research to explore
goal setting, message framing, approaching difficult topics, and evaluating programs. Presenter is Kirsten Hecht, PhD
Candidate at the University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History.

Photography: Documenting wildlife and their relationships with habitat helps conservationists better share their
message. Many reptiles and amphibians need all the help they can get in the form of positive public imagery and good
storytelling. In this workshop we will explore photography techniques ranging from close ups to the 400’ view from a
drone. We will discuss different equipment options from camera phones, DSLR’s and even responsible drone use.
Presenter will be Brady Beck, NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Frogloggers and Stumpcams: Technology has advanced such that it is possible to monitor many herp species using
automated methods, such as automated recorders ("Frogloggers") and pre-progammed trail cameras (“Stumpcams”).
These methods provide data that may not be discovered using standard field techniques. Join this workshop to learn
about these automated monitoring methods and for examples of the type of data that can be discovered. If you have
expertise in these methods, feel free to chime in! Presenters: Jeff Humphries and Jeff Hall, NC Wildlife Resources

Marking Techniques: Assessment is a key aspect of any monitoring or reintroduction effort. The ability to distinguish
individual animals, breeding event cohorts or populations can provide valuable information to the researcher. There are
many options currently available to meet the goals of your short or long-term study. During this workshop we will look at
several options and their implementation. Methods will include VIE, PIT and telemetry. Presenters are Chris Shupp, NC
Zoo, and Mike Martin, NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Field Trip Descriptions:

    1. Hunting for Hellbenders. It's not the best time of year to find hellbenders, but this field trip will take us to a
       nearby location where several large hellbenders can usually be found. The site is very close to the meeting
       venue, so this will be a short trip, perfect for anyone who wants to (hopefully) see a hellbender and then get on
       the road. Bring waders if you have them. Trip Leader: Jeff Humphries, NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Limit
       20 participants.

    2. UNCA Research Wetland. This field trip will visit a large, floodplain wetland along the French Broad River in
       Asheville. The wetland is owned by the University of North Carolina-Asheville and has been the site of several
       hydrological and herpetological studies. While herps may be difficult to find at this time of year, there are many
       coverboards that we can flip, and if we are lucky we may find wood frogs, newts, spotted salamanders, or mole
       salamanders. Please bring knee boots or hip waders. Trip Leaders: Sam McCoy, Kevin Parker, and Lori Williams,
       NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Limit 12 participants.

    3. Herping at Blue Ridge Assembly. We’ll explore the Blue Ridge Assembly’s 22-acre grounds and hiking trails,
       including terrestrial, small stream, and lakeside habitats, to check out the common local winter herpetofauna.
       Focus will be on amphibians, especially plethodontid salamanders. Wear appropriate field clothing and footwear
       for potentially cold-weather outdoor hiking. Leaders: Jeff Beane (North Carolina State Museum of Natural
       Sciences) and Ed Corey (North Carolina State Parks). Limit 10 participants.

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