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Africa
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Australia
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Europe
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North America
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Canada
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Mexico
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United States (National Links)
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North East (Regional Links)
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button link New England Herpetological Society
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Midwest (Regional Links)
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South (Regional Links)
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AL Alabama
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AK Alaska
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AZ Arizona
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AR Arkansas
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CA California
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CO Colorado
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CT Connecticut
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DE Delaware
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DC District of Columbia

FL Florida
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GA Georgia
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HI Hawaii

ID Idaho

IL Illinois
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IN Indiana
button link Hoosier Herpetological Society
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IA Iowa
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KS Kansas
button link Kansas Anuran Monitoring Program (KAMP)
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KY Kentucky
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ME Maine
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MD Maryland
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MA Massachusetts
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MI Michigan
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MN Minnesota
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MS Mississippi
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MO Missouri
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MT Montana

NE Nebraska
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NV Nevada

NH New Hampshire

NJ New Jersey

NM New Mexico
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NY New York
button link Long Island Herpetological Society
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NC North Carolina
button link North Carolina Herpetological Society
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button link NC CASP (Calling Amphibian Survey Program)
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ND North Dakota

OH Ohio
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OK Oklahoma
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OR Oregon

PA Pennsylvania
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RI Rhode Island

SC South Carolina
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SD South Dakota

TN Tennessee
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TX Texas
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UT Utah

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VA Virginia
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WA Washington

WV West Virginia

WI Wisconsin
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South America
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Other Links
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Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Cane Toads make it to West Australia
Mood:  sad
Topic: Articles

Perth scientists step up toad fight

Cane toads establish Kimberley colony


Cane toads arrive in Western Australia

First cane toad to cross from Northern Territory to Western Australia has been caught

Cane toad continues relentless march to WA border

Cane toads reach WA but the fight goes on


And on a nother sad note, my Cane Toad, Morris died. Not sure why, but he never seemed very healthy for a toad, and was always very shy and not a big eater.

 


Posted by wendellsfrogblog at 8:25 AM EST
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Sunday, 1 March 2009
UK Frogs passing on Immunity to Ranavirus
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Articles

Frog’s immune system is key in fight against killer virus

 This could be great news for so many frogs.


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Thursday, 26 February 2009
Good Amphibian signs from Oregon so far
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

It's early, but annual frog count shows promise

Amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds provide important information about the progress of Metro's restoration efforts.


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Russian Frog-Leg Farming
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Articles

Belarusian scientist suggests frog breeding as anti-crisis measure

 


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Is more always better?
Mood:  hungry
Topic: Articles

Frog with seven legs found at Chinese restaurant

Even if I ate froglegs, I think I would pass on this one!


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UK Ode to the Common Toad
Mood:  flirty
Topic: Articles
Toads are really fascinating

Posted by wendellsfrogblog at 10:02 AM EST
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Use Toads as Natural Pesticide
Mood:  happy
Topic: Articles
You can control snails and slugs in your landscape

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Loudoun Wildlife Conservance, VA has Amphbian Monitoring Workshop and many other amphibious events
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Places to go

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy lists March 2009 Events

VANISHING VERNAL POOLS ? Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rust Nature Sanctuary. Registration Required. This Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) program begins with an indoor session on vernal pool ecology. This will be followed by an outdoor exploration of vernal pool habitats at Rust Nature Sanctuary and other nearby locations. Co-sponsored with the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). ANS & LWC members: $29; nonmembers: $41. To register contact ANS at 301-652-9188, ext.16. For those who plan to become monitors in LWC’s Amphibian Monitoring Program for the 2009 season, please register with Nicole Hamilton (nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org) and the fee will be covered by LWC.

MID-WEEK NATURE WALK WITH MIKE HAYSLETT ? March 11, 3-5 p.m. Registration Required. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Mike Hayslett-vernal pool expert and head of the Vernal Pool Institute at Sweet Briar College-for an exploration of one of eastern Loudoun’s natural areas where vernal pools thrive with wood frogs, spring peepers and salamanders. During the walk, Mike will discuss this very special wetland area, the lifecycles of the animals that use vernal pools for breeding locations, and the importance of the forests that surround them. Space is limited for this walk in order to minimize the impact of human foot traffic in these sensitive habitats. Please Sign up online or contact Nicole Hamilton at nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org.

AMPHIBIANS AFOOT! March 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Event to be held at
Broadlands Nature Center located at 21907 Claiborne Parkway, Broadlands, Va. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) for a family program with Mike Hayslett-vernal pool expert and head of the Vernal Pool Institute at Sweet Briar College-for a discussion about vernal pools and their unique attributes. You’ll learn about the diversity of frogs, toads and salamanders and their interesting habitats. As you learn about them, you may discover that you have these special vernal pools right in your own neighborhood. Learn how your family can engage in monitoring and preserving these special habitats and the forests that are required for amphibian life to thrive. Nicole Hamilton, amphibian monitoring coordinator for LWC, will discuss the Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program and handout materials will be available. For questions, contact Nicole Hamilton at
nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org.

SPRING POOLS INSTITUTE ? March 13, 14, 15.  Registration Required.  Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy welcomes back Mike Hayslett for his popular “crash-course” workshop on vernal pools. Hands-on training begins at 1 p.m. on Friday with background instruction indoors and examination outdoors of the unique wetland at the ANS Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg. Saturday and Sunday will be all-day field explorations, including visits to numerous vernal pools and other isolated wetlands around Leesburg, at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, and other vernal pools around Loudoun County. Optional night forays are also possible, depending on rainfall. Participants will receive take-home materials and spend ample time outdoors experiencing a variety of wetland habitats. The group will likely encounter four or five species of obligate wildlife fauna, including Spotted and Jefferson Salamanders, Wood Frogs and Fairy Shrimp. Cost for this three-day foray is $49 for LWC members, $69 for non-members (meals not included). Registration must be completed by March 10 and is limited to 20 participants. Full details (schedule/itinerary, what-to-bring, background info, etc.) will be provided upon registration with LWC. To register contact Nicole Hamilton at nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org.

BIRDING BANSHEE ? Saturday, March 14, 8:00 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve for the monthly bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, this part of the county is a birding hot spot. Please bring binoculars. For more information, contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP ? Saturday, March 21 & March 28, 9-11 a.m. This two-part workshop sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is for bird-watching beginners ages 7 and older and is led by experienced birder and naturalist, Phil Daley. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A classroom session will include learning about what to look and listen for and getting tips on identification and the best tools for doing so. This will be followed with a walk outside to see how many birds we can identify. Bring binoculars if you have them. For more information, contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528.

LOUDOUN AMPHIBIAN MONITORING PROGRAM (LAMP) 2009 KICKOFF ? Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Registration Required. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship to kick off the 2009 Amphibian Monitoring Program. Learn about site surveys, frog call surveys and migration mapping. All the materials you need to get started will be issued and after the presentation, you’ll head out into the field to practice your identification skills by looking and listening for different frogs, toads and salamanders. No experience is needed to become a monitor, just an interest in learning about local amphibians and their habitats. Advance sign-up is required. To register
for this orientation, sign up online or contact Nicole Hamilton at
nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org.  Please bring a bag lunch.

SUNDAY IN THE PRESERVE
? Sunday, March 22 1 p.m. Join the Friends of Banshee Reeks and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free informal, family walk around the preserve. Search for the many natural wonders that make this such a special place. For information, call the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 703-669-0316.

BIRDING THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER ? Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. On the fourth Saturday of each month (except December), Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads a free bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES). This beautiful 900-acre preserve is located on Harpers Ferry Road, Route 671, in northwestern Loudoun County. Only a few miles south of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the property includes meadows in the valley and heavily forested slopes on the Blue Ridge. Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Route 671 at 8 a.m. For more information,
contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or
jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

BLUEBIRD PREDATOR GUARD/MAKE IT-TAKE IT WORKSHOP
? Saturday, March 28. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will teach you how to make your own Stovepipe Bluebird Predator Guards to help protect birds from snakes and other predators. All materials provided.  Cost: $15 fee for materials required.  Location and time TBD. Registration required. Sign up at
http://www.loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the preservation and proliferation of healthy wildlife habitats throughout Loudoun County. Visit www.loudounwildlife.org or call 540-554-2542.


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Croak and Dagger Downunder
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Articles

Council's secret cane toad abode

I don't see the reason for the secrecey, but think its good that they are giving the FrogWatch Toad-Busters a home.


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Look but Don't Touch
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

Protect frogs warning  

 

We're being told to protect frogs in the Isle of Man by leaving spawn alone.

That's the message from the Department of Agriculture as the season arrives for spawning.

People are being reminded it's important frogs are allowed to reproduce in their natural sites as only one in 1,000 eggs will grow into an adult frog.

The Department also says if you move pond wildlife around the Island you risk the spread of disease.


A good piece of advice for anywhere!


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Work with Indiana Hellbenders!
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
24 February 2009

Title: Hellbender Research Technician
Agency: Purdue University
Location: Corydon, Indiana

Job Description: Two technicians are needed from May through mid-November 2009.
Technicians will assist with field surveys for Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in
southern Indiana as well as in other states (e.g., North Carolina, Virginia, and
Pennsylvania). Tasks will include, but are not limited to: 1) surveying, 2) restraining and
handling hellbenders, 3) radio-tracking, 4) collecting and analyzing water quality and
hematology data, 5) sampling for aquatic macro-invertebrates and crayfish, and 6) data-
entry. Surveys will involve rock-flipping and snorkeling in shallow water to locate adult
and larval Hellbenders. Radio-tracking will be conducted from a kayak, canoe, or on foot.

Applications will be accepted through 31 March 2009, but positions will be filled as
suitable applicants are found. To apply submit a cover letter and resume with at least two
references via email to Shem Unger (see below).

Qualifications: Applicants should be able to work well both alone and in groups in varying
conditions. Applicants must be physically fit, able to swim, and capable of lifting at least
50 lbs because many days will consist of long periods of time lifting large rocks in the
river. A valid driver's license is required. Prior experience in the field is not necessary, but
experience using GPS, collecting and organizing data, and kayaking/canoeing is preferred.

Housing: A 29-foot trailer and an additional pop-up trailer will be provided at O'Bannon
Woods State Park. Restroom facilities (including shower) will be provided by the park.
During travel periods, a pop-up trailer will be provided, but successful applicants will be
responsible for their own subsistence.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Salary: $9.00/hour

Last Date to Apply: Open until filled.

Contact: Shem Unger
sunger@purdue.edu
(765) 414-5435


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Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Dr. Mike Lannoo to speak at Purdue about Malformations in Amphibians
Mood:  special
Topic: Places to go
"Malformed Frogs and the Collapse of Aquatic Ecosystems"
by Dr. Michael Lannoo, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana Univ School of Medicine
TUES, MAR 3rd, 3:30pm Dean's Auditorium in Pfendler Hall

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Tyrone Hayes speaks against Atrazine and its effects on Amphibians
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles
Scientist speaks out about pesticides

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To Kill or not to Kill, an Invasive Problem
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Articles

Bullfrog man calls bull on theories about invasive amphibians

Personally, while I love the bullfrog, I am with Stan on this one. I don't see where control measures would keep them under control. I think total eradication is the only way to control these frogs. They lay 5000 eggs at a time, how can just culling the juveniles work?


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California Herp Techs
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
24 February 2009

Title: Biological Science Technician
US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station
http://www.werc.usgs.gov/
Locations: San Diego, California and Irvine, California
Five full-time, temporary positions (1 Irvine & 4 San Diego)
GS-0404-5/7

DESCRIPTION: This is a unique opportunity to conduct research on amphibians, reptiles,
fish, small mammals, and terrestrial invertebrates in southern California.

The technician will be a part of a science team conducting research on amphibians, turtles,
reptiles, fish, small mammals, and terrestrial invertebrate species within National Forests,
State Parks, Reserves, and US Military Lands in southern California.  Data collection is for
the purpose of understanding diversity, population densities, growth rates, temporal
activity patterns, exotic invasions, genetic relationships at the community and species
level, and the conservation of endangered species.

Field work includes conducting biological wildlife surveys using various methods such as
visual surveys, pitfall trapping, seining, minnow traps, and Sherman traps.  The technician
will identify, catch, measure, and mark animals, as well as collect water quality and
environmental data.  Previous field experience or general knowledge of amphibians,
turtles, reptiles, small mammals, fish, and terrestrial invertebrate species of southern
California is highly recommended.

The field work is often conducted in densely vegetated terrain under adverse
environmental conditions (extreme temperatures, rain, and poison oak.)  The position
sometimes requires long hours in the field working days and nights, hiking, and carrying
heavy equipment.  Some overnight travel may be necessary.  A current valid driver’s
license is required, as driving 4WD vehicles is often necessary.

Deadline is 27 February 2009.  Please apply for the position through the website at

http://www.usajobs.gov

and search under position numbers:

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
GS-0404-5/7
Temp/Full Time
WR-2009-0227 (San Diego)
WR-2009-0226 (Irvine)

For more information contact:

Adam Backlin
US Geological Survey, San Diego Field Station
4727 Portola Parkway, Bldg C
Irvine, CA 92620
(714) 508-4702
abacklin@usgs.gov


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Metter Memorial Grants
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Out in the Field

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
25 February 2009

DEAN E. METTER MEMORIAL FUND APPLICATION
Deadline Extended Until 30 March 2009

Dean E. (Doc) Metter (1932-2001) was a long-time member of the biology faculty at the
University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught zoology, comparative anatomy,
evolution, and herpetology. A believer in putting knowledge to the test in the field, Doc
provided frequent opportunities for students to engage in fieldwork. In addition, he
frequently assisted his graduate students as they ventured out to collect data. Doc was a
co-founder of the Bobby Witcher Society, the legacy of which is a scholarship fund. For
many years, the interest earned served to reward outstanding herpetology students who
intended to continue their education and seek a career in vertebrate biology. That fund
now serves a similar purpose by honoring Doc's memory while helping to fund the SSAR-
administered Dean E. Metter Memorial Award.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Award is: (1) to honor the memory of Dean E. Metter; (2) to encourage
students to pursue field research in herpetology; and (3) to facilitate field research in
herpetology by providing funds for relevant expenses.

AMOUNT
Grants made from the award will be no less than $300 and no more than $1,000. Efforts
will be made to fund as many eligible proposals as possible.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an
accredited college or university and be conducting field-based research in herpetology.
This research may occur anywhere in the world, but priority will be given to research
conducted in the state of Missouri.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES
Expenses eligible for funding include: (1) travel expenses (e.g., mileage, airfare) associated
with the field research project; and (2) equipment for field-based research (e.g., materials
for drift fences, traps, etc.). Funds may not be used for salaries or any other personnel
expenses, travel to meetings, equipment or supplies for laboratory-based research (even if
applicable to the project), or overhead or indirect costs.

CRITERIA FOR AWARDS
The following criteria will be used to make awards:

A. Scientific merit of the proposed project:

B. Nature of the proposed project; priority will be given, in order, to proposals that fall into
the following categories:

1. Natural history studies (e.g., habitat utilization, life tables, demography, reproductive
strategies, behavior).
2. Functional morphology (i.e., relationships between structure and function, particularly
as these relate to natural history parameters).
3. Biogeographic studies, including elucidation of biodiversity in a given area (e.g.,
regional or national biotic surveys), efforts to determine historical events leading to
current distribution patterns, and effects resulting from introductions of alien species.
4. Evolutionary studies (establishing phylogenies based on morphological or genetic
criteria)
5. Other.

C. Relevance of the field component to the overall execution of the proposed project.

APPLICATIONS AND AWARDS
In keeping with the Society's goal of encouraging participation by the broadest possible
community, preference may be given to individuals who might not have access to other
funding sources. All applicants must be members of the SSAR. Past recipients of an SSAR
GIH award in any category are not eligible for this award. Each proposal must include the
following:

(A) TITLE PAGE giving the title of the project, the name, mailing address, office and home
telephone numbers and, if possible, fax number and e-mail address of the applicant. The
title page should include a statement indicating that applicants "will comply with all
applicable permit regulations, and adhere to all appropriate animal care guidelines in the
course of conducting funded projects."

(B) BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES of the proposed project.

(C) METHODS for carrying out the project.

(D) COMPLETE PROJECT BUDGET (indicating for which expenses support is being solicited),
including a listing of all current and pending support for the project.

(E) BRIEF RESUME of the applicant.

(F) LETTER OF SUPPORT from the research advisor, which also will serve to confirm
enrollment at an accredited institution. The proposal must be typed, double spaced, and
must not exceed 1,200 words, excluding title page, literature cited, CV (resume), and
budget. Proposals should be submitted electronically as email attachments. Submit
proposals or questions regarding application procedures to the Chair of the Metter Award
Committee, Joseph J. Beatty, at

beattyj@science.oregonstate.edu

NOTE
All proposals must be submitted no later than 30 March to be considered; SSAR dues must
be paid by the preceding 31 December. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in
elimination of a proposal from consideration. Awards will be announced on or around 15
April. Successful applicants are encouraged to submit the results of their research for
publication in the Journal of Herpetology or Herpetological Review, or to present their
findings at the annual meeting of the SSAR.


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Volunteer to Study Salamanders in Allen County IN
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Places to go

Salamander Volunteer Training

March 7, Saturday, 1-3 PM


Allen County Parks is partnering with Little River Wetland Project to conduct a population survey on a little understood wetland creature, the salamander. Research sites will be at Metea County Park, Fox Island County Park and Eagle Marsh.

If you can give a little time to help check the salamander traps, please come to this free workshop at Metea County Park Nature Center. Dress for the weather; we will be going outside after a short presentation. Please register at 449-3777 at least 5 business days before the workshop. Cost is free

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Sunday, 22 February 2009
Salamander Search in NY
Mood:  happy
Topic: Places to go
South Fork Natural History Museum - Eastern Tiger Salamander Search - Salamander Walk For Children And Adults
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time(s): 7:30 p.m.
Location: South Fork Natural History Museum
Town: Bridgehampton

Saturday, Walk Leader: Andy Sabin

Herpetologist and SoFo President Andy Sabin will take us into the nighttime woods in search of the largest of our native salamanders, the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander. Don't miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and to lay its eggs. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk is dependent on the occurrence of heavy rains.

Reservations are required for all events. There is no charge for SoFo members. Non-members are charged $7 per adult, $5 per child three to 12 years of age. Fees include admission to the museum on the day of the program.

Website: www.sofo.org
Contact: Carol Crasson
Phone: 631-537-9735
Email: sofo@hamptons.com

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Great review of Dance of the Spotted Salamander program at NC Botanical Garden
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Salamander class

A great review of a salamander program put on the 21st at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Kudos to the presenters, it sounds like you did a wonderful job, and possibly inspired a budding herpetologist!


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SAVE THE FROGS! 1st Annual Frog Poetry Contest
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The SAVE THE FROGS! 1st Annual Frog Poetry Contest is officially underway!

Both professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter the contest. Entry is free and there are cash prizes and other giveaways:
Frog Poetry Contest | Cash Prizes

Our goal is to have thousands of schools worldwide taking part in the Frog Poetry Contest on Save The Frogs Day – April 28th, 2009:
Save The Frogs Day | April 28, 2009

The Frog Poetry Contest will promote awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis by actively involving a wide sector of society, and we plan to advertise the contest in school systems worldwide. The best Frog Poems will be used to create a book of Frog Poetry that will be published and distributed internationally. All proceeds from sales of the book will go towards SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts. The book will be illustrated by the winning entries from our concurrent 1st Annual Frog Art Contest:
Frog Art Contest | Cash Prizes

The Japanese poet Basho wrote a famous haiku in the 17th century:

Œ? ’r ‚?
Š^ ”? ̀ ‚?
… ‚? ‰?

Furuike ya
Kawazu tobikomu
Mizu no oto

Which is translated as:

The old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water.

Please send us your 21st century poems of any length, form or style.

The old pond
Frogs are in danger
Poets jump in.

Have a Basho!

You can help spread the word by pasting the following picture on your website:
Click the image to open in full size.

You can put this flyer up at your school or office.
The PDF is available here.
Click the image to open in full size.

Good luck and have fun!
Kerry
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder & Executive Director
Kerry Kriger

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