Sorry there have been no recent posts, have had problems getting the computer to recognise the blog, but I think it might be better now, keep your flippers crossed!
Sorry I haven't posted for a while. It is hard to say if it was more computer problems, or migraine complications, but my wife just installed a new hard drive and things are looking up on the computer end! As many of may or may not know, I have had a status migraine for over four years now. It never goes away, but fluctuates in severity so sometimes I am able to function nearly normal. I had a new twist to add this Thanksgiving season, I had a second migraine on the left side on top of the one on the right side that has been there forever (it seems). Luckily it only lasted a day, but WOW, did it put me down. I have been worse this last year and sadly didn't get to monitor very many times. I am excited about 2008 though, especially with the AZA naming it the Year of the Frog. I plan to post much more regularly and keep everyone posted on the world of amphibians. I wish everyone a HOPPY Holiday season and a wonderful Year of the Frog!
Colorado artist Gary Staab has created several sculptures including a boomerang-headed salamander and a sailfin salamander of about 275 million years ago.
When you go:
Location: "Bizarre Beasts: Past and Present" will be on display at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets Northwest, through early February.
Hours: Explorers Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Dec. 25.
Parking: Limited street and meter parking are nearby. The nearest Metro stop is Farragut North on the Red Line.
More info: 202/857-7588 or www.nationalgeographic.com/ museum.
Fall Virginia Herpetological Society Symposium
The Fall VHS symposium will be held on Saturday October 21, 2006 at Longwood
University in Farmville, Virginia. Anyone interested in learning more about
reptiles and amphibians are welcome to come to this free event. We will meet in
room G12 in Longwood's new science building. Driving directions and a printable
campus map can be obtained from Longwood's
Preregistration is requested so that certificates for recertification points for
teachers and master naturalists can be filled out prior to the event. We would
also like to have a rough idea of how many people plan to attend. Please
preregister with Jason Gibson (email@example.com). In addition to some fine
speakers we will have a live animal display, an auction of reptile and
amphibians related items, and a book signing with keynote speaker Michael
Dorcas. The VHS has purchased 30 Snakes of the Southeast books by Whitt Gibbons
and Michael Dorcas that are available for purchase at the event (books will be
sold at a discount). Email Susan Watson (Susan.Watson@dgif.virginia.gov) to
reserve your copy.
Any updated information will be posted on the VHS website
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email Jason
Gibson(firstname.lastname@example.org). Speaker List and Agenda9:00 – 9:45 - Kory Steele
and Bonnie Keller "Caring for Captive Amphibians and Reptiles."Concurrent
Session 9:00 – 11:00 Mike Clifford "GPS Workshop"9:55 – 10:25 – J.D. Kleopfer
"The History and Impacts of the Pet Turtle Trade, specifically the red-eared
slider"10: 35 – 11:05 - Kristen Cecala and Michael Dorcas "Effective Techniques
for Field Studies of Amphibians and Reptiles"11:05 – 12:00 – Photo contest, book
signing, auction, live animal displays.12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch at Longwood
Cafeteria. Lunch will be $5.59. There are other restaurants to eat at but
Farmville has a 11.5 % taxon meals.1:00 – 1:45 – Keynote speaker presentation
Michael Dorcas "Impacts of Urbanization on Amphibians and Reptiles in the
Carolinas"2:00 – 2:30 - Norm Reichenbach, Doug Wynn, Carolyn Caldwell, Pete
Johantgen, Kristy Becka, Kristin Stanford, Gordon Burghardt "Chronological
account of the Restoration Program for the State endangered Plains Garter Snake
in Ohio2:35 – 3:00 – Joy Ware "The Role of Amphibians and Reptiles in
Conservation Medicine"3:05 – 3:35 - Jennifer Heemeyer "Evaluation of Visible
Implant Elastomer in Red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus)."3:40 – 4:40 –
VHS Business MeetingVirginia Herpetological Society
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