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  • Midwest PARC - Winter 2008-09 Newsletter (Plain HTML)
    species and the river group finding 9 species The final list included smallmouth salamander northern leopard frog plains leopard frog southern leopard frog green frog bullfrog chorus frog cricket frog American toad painted turtle red eared slider map turtle Dead on road snapping turtle northern water snake Dekay s brown snake eastern garter snake red sided garter snake and ribbon snake Each participant on the winning team received a 2008 Midwest PARC meeting T shirt Newly redesigned website MWPARC is proud to announce the launch of our new website http www mwparc org Thanks to PARC member Brian Edmond for volunteering to develop and maintain the site Task Team Updates Midwest Habitat Management Guidelines MW PARC was the first to complete Habitat Management Guidelines for their region Now out of print the guidelines are still available for viewing and download http herpcenter ipfw edu index htm We are now in the process of expanding and updating these guidelines The HMG update is being led by Bruce Kingsbury Indiana Purdue University and is expected to be printed by the end of 2008 You are encouraged to pre order your copy at http www mwparc org products habitat White Papers MWPARC is currently working on developing white papers for two topics of concern for conservation of Midwest amphibians and reptiles Task teams are developing these papers on the topics of fire and herps and raccoons and herps Meant to give a quick overview of concerns and recommendations these white papers will be available on our website at http www mwparc org products State Wildlife Action Plans Also known as comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies State Wildlife Action plans are congressionally mandated proactive plans to conserve wildlife and natural areas before they become more rare and costly to protect Each state and territory was charged with completing a plan The actions identified within each state s plan are being implemented in part through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program MWPARC has undertaken a review of all the amphibian and reptile species in the Midwestern states their status in the State Wildlife Action Plans and habitat and actions identified as important for their conservation In addition a task team will be utilizing this information to prioritize species conservation needs across the region You can read more about the State Wildlife Action Plans at http www wildlifeactionplans org Be sure to join the MWPARC Google group to be kept up to date on this task team Turtle Regulations Responding to discussions and concerns raised at the 2008 annual meeting MWPARC is working to compile all of the state regulations governing the harvest of turtles in the Midwest The final product a table of regulations by state will be posted at http www mwparc org products Upcoming Meetings Mar 27 29 2009 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference MEEC University of Nebraska Lincoln NE http midwesteec org Aug 13 15 2009 Midwest PARC Annual Meeting Howell Conference and Nature Center Howell MI http www mwparc org meetings

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