Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles for U.S. National Parks in the Southeast

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

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start time: 12 pm ET

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Webinar ID: 972-782-611


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This webinar covers material provided in Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southeastern US by Mark A. Bailey, Jeffrey N. Holmes, Joseph C. Mitchell, and Kurt A. Buhlmann (Eds.). The webinar will cover habitats and species in the NPS’s Southeastern Region. However, 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.

About the Speakers

Mark A. Bailey has a Master of Science in Zoology from Auburn University. He has been active in the conservation and management of southeastern wildlife, with emphasis on herpetofauna, for over 30 years.  He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy before establishing his own consulting firm, Conservation Southeast. He is the past Alabama state representative to the Gopher Tortoise Council and serves on the board of the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Along with the other co-authors of PARC’s Habitat Management Guidelines of the Southeastern United States, he is a recipient of the Florida Wildlife Society’s Paul Moler Herpetological Conservation Award. He is co-author of Turtles of Alabama.

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 (Mitchell Ecological Research Service, LLC), 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 The Reptiles of Virginia, Smithsonian Institution Press, and senior editor of Urban Herpetology, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

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.