Saturday, November 4, 2017
North Carolina State University
Room 101, David Clark Labs
Theme: “Herps and Wetlands”
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. NCSU Herpetology Club Update. Thomas Reed (President, NCSU Herp Club)
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Here and Gone: The Importance of Ephemeral Wetlands. Jeff Beane, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Amphibians and Reptiles and the Wood Pellet Industry. Alvin Braswell, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. South Carolina DNR Ephemeral Wetland Amphibian Monitoring Overview. Jonathan Cooley, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The History of the North Carolina Herpetological Society Grants Program. Dr. Andrew Durso, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Business Session
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Auction
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Radiotelemetry of Headstarted Carolina Gopher Frogs (Lithobates capito capito) in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Mike Martin, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Conserving Our Natural Heritage Through Land Acquisition. Nathan Shepard, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Assessing Amphibian Diversity in Isolated Wetlands: Open-canopied, Closed-canopied, Restoration, and Mitigation Wetlands on the Coastal Plain and Sandhills of North Carolina. Dr. Jeff Humphries, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Raffle Drawing, Closing Announcements
5:30 – until . . . Group Dinner and Social (location to be announced at meeting)
Sunday: Field trip details to be announced on Saturday.
If you have further questions about the Fall Meeting, contact contact Nathan Shephard (email@example.com).
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FALL MEETING ANNOUCEMENTS
FREE PARKING is available in the Dan Allen Parking Deck at the corner of Dan Allen Drive and Yarbrough Drive; use the east entrance off of Dan Allen. Parking spaces are also available all along Yarbrough Drive.
REGISTRATION will take place at the meeting ($5 members, $3 all students, $7 non-members). If you wish to renew membership for 2017/2018, or join for the first time, you may do so at the meeting but you can save a lot of time by filling out the form online here.
If you wait to complete a membership form at the meeting, please turn in a form (so that our Membership Directory information is current). We don’t want to “lose” members who join at meetings but fail to turn in forms. If your address, phone number, area code, e-mail, or other membership information has changed, or if any information appeared incorrectly in the last Membership Directory or on your newsletter mailing address label, this would be a reasonable time to make such corrections.
REFRESHMENTS will be served at the meeting, as usual. Try to remember to BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE CUP OR COFFEE MUG. NCHS continues to try to reduce disposable trash. There may be some extra cups on hand for those who forget. You might consider bringing a reusable cloth napkin also. Refreshments will be set up outside the auditorium.
There should be jars at the registration table for contributions to the Society’s various funds—Project Bog Turtle, Aubrey Shaw Memorial Stewardship Fund, Project Simus, etc. Contributions are tax-deductible.
HERP SHOP items for sale will include the usual wide assortment of T-shirts, books, posters, greeting cards, coffee mugs, hats, pins, and other items. Do all your Christmas shopping in one spot! (If you are available to help staff the Herp Shop during the meeting, please contact Sandy Durso firstname.lastname@example.org.)
AUCTION: Always one of the more entertaining features of our meetings, the auction will feature the usual (or unusual) assortment of herpetologically-oriented items. Bring money and a bidding attitude. If you have items to donate (literature, prints, photos, posters, artwork, cages, hooks, field equipment, decorative items, toys, clothing, jewelry, etc.), please bring them to the meeting (early), or get them to Jeff Beane or Jeff Hall before the meeting. No live herps or herp parts will be auctioned, but almost anything else goes (as long as it lies somewhere near the realm of legality). Items donated to the auction are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All proceeds go to NCHS general fund.
RAFFLE: This meeting’s raffle item will again feature another beautiful replica of a spotted salamander made and donated by Joe Morgan, and perhaps some smaller items. Raffle tickets will be available at the registration table for $1 each. You may buy as many as you want, and you need not be present to win, but if you are not present, you need to arrange with someone who will be present to pick up your prize. The drawing will be held at the end of the meeting.
LUNCH: An optional, reasonably priced, catered lunch will be provided, and the business session will be held immediately afterward. Members may choose to bring their own lunch instead. There are several restaurants within walking distance, for anyone not wishing to attend the group lunch and business meeting (which would be pretty crazy, since it will be incredibly awesome).
The Raleigh area has numerous hotels/motels, including many near campus. Many of our members also live in the Raleigh area. If you’re from out of town and need to stay overnight, it doesn’t hurt to ask around—chances are someone can put you up.
A CATERED GROUP DINNER and SOCIAL will be held following the meeting at The Wine Merchant, 4240 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary. 6-8:30 pm. Wine will be provided; local craft draft available for purchase and dinner catering by The Shuckin’ Shack. $12/person
ELECTIONS: It is time once again to elect an NCHS Vice-President and Secretary (President and Treasurer will be elected next fall). Following are the nominees for two-year terms beginning 1 January 2018. Additional nominations will be accepted during the business session at the Fall Meeting. Ballots are included in the latest newsletter. Extra ballots will be available at the registration table during the Fall Meeting. A space for write-in candidates is included. Members may vote after nominations have been closed during the business session at the Fall Meeting (a special time will be set aside for voting), or they may mail in their ballots. Ballots must be returned by 1 December 2017. Individual members are allowed one vote each, and family memberships are also allowed one vote per family.
Also, be sure to cast your vote for NCHS Member-of-the-Year for 2017. A space will be included on the ballot along with the candidates for office. Nominations should be based primarily on outstanding service or contributions to NCHS, but outstanding contributions to the field of herpetology, conservation, or education may also be considered as criteria. Only current dues-paying members are eligible for nomination. All members are allowed one vote. Family memberships are allowed one vote per family. The winner will receive a certificate and a year’s free membership, and will be announced in the January newsletter.
CANDIDATES FOR NCHS OFFICERS (2018-2019)
NAME: Nate Shepard
LOCATION: Raleigh, NC.
PRESENT POSITION: Eastern Region Field Biologist, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.
EDUCATION: B.S. Zoology, North Carolina State University (2006); M.S. Marshall University (2011).
INTERESTS: Natural history, ecology, habitat management, and conservation biology of reptiles and amphibians; photography.
Current Vice-President (2016-2017), seeking re-election. Member since 1994; Husbandry Committee chair, 2008-2012; speaker at 2015 Fall Meeting; has participated in “Reptile and Amphibian Day;” assisted with Project Simus and Project Bog Turtle; donated auction items; contributed material to newsletter; participated in NCHS field trips and Stewardship Committee workdays; led field trip for 2015 Spring Meeting; speaker at 2014 NCPARC meeting; participated in, and won prizes in, NCHS fall photo contests.
CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “I’ll continue to work on the campaign slogan.”
NAME: Megan Serr
LOCATION: Raleigh, NC.
PRESENT POSITION: Graduate student in Zoology, North Carolina State University
EDUCATION: B.Sc. Biology, California State University, San Bernardino; M.Sc. Zoology, University of Nebraska.
INTERESTS: Bio conservation, invasive species, toxicology, animal behavior, and reproduction. For both undergraduate and masters’ degrees, worked with amphibians. A science educator who loves doing outreach events.
SERVICE: Current Secretary (2016-2017), seeking re-election. Member since 2010; served on Nominating Committee, 2014; gives many educational outreach presentations; has participated in NCHS field trips and donated auction items.
CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “Just let me check that log again.”
Nominating Committee: Jeff Beane