Saturday, November 3, 2018
North Carolina State University
Room 101, David Clark Labs
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Four Decades of Progress: A 40-Year History of NCHS. Jeffrey C. Beane, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. The NCHSYouth Branch. Danielle L. Chek, Coastal Carolina University
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is: The Expanding Role of the North Carolina Zoo in Conserving Reptiles and Amphibians. Chris Shupp, North Carolina Zoo
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Taxonomic Status of the Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineataComplex) in the North Carolina Sandhills. Dr. Bryan L. Stuart, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
11:30 – 11:45 p.m. North Carolina Herpetology Hall of Fame
11:45 – 12:15 p.m. Lunch and Group Photo
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Business Session
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Live Auction
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. The Nature Conservancy: 40 Years of Successful Habitat Conservation in North Carolina. Frederick W. Annand, The Nature Conservancy
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Raffle Drawing, Announcements, and Remarks
40th ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL EVENT
4:30 – 5:30 Meet at Clouds Brewing for Group Dinner and Social events
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. StumpCams: Using Trail Cameras to Detect Herps. Jeffrey G. Hall, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Break
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Photography Contest
7:00 p.m. until… Social
Sunday: Field trip details to be announced on Saturday.
If you have further questions about the Fall Meeting, contact contact Nathan Shephard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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 email@example.com.)
PHOTO CONTEST: We are pleased to announce that our Fall Meeting will include a Photo Contest! Please read the information below with more details on categories and submitting photographs.
This photography contest consists of three categories: 1) best in show reptile, 2) best in show amphibian, and 3) membership in action.
Each individual can submit up to three photographs per category. Photographs eligible for “Best in Show Reptile” and “Best in ShowAmphibian” must include photographs containing visible reptiles or amphibians. Photographs eligible for “Membership in Action” caninclude an array of topics that display a member doing something related to herpetology (e.g., field herping, lab work, bragging, caring for captive herps, educating the public, presenting a talk, leading a field trip, photographing a herp, etc.). We changed this category to allow it to better illustrate what our membership does!!
The contest is open to any amateur photographer (10% of annual income derived from photography) who is an NCHS member. Submissions need to be in JPEG format and high resolution. Images with watermarks or other identifying information on them will be removed from the contest. Images that have been entered in this photo contest in the past are not allowed to be entered again. No modifications will be done to submitted images except for minor adjustments for presenting images at the Fall Meeting. Images should be clearly labeled with first and middle initials, last name, and category with submission number (example: reptile1_NAShepard.jpeg). Submissions should include title, photographer’s name, date taken, and broad locality information (county and state). Images may consist of wild and captive herps and include herps from around the world!
Photographs can be digitally edited, but only minimally—heavy digital manipulation is not allowed. Submissions will be judged by the photography contest committee and invited guests familiar with photography. This photography contest will be judged on the use of general composition rules, not subject matter. Judges are not eligible to submit entries into this photography contest. Winning prizes will be given to winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in each category, but these prizes have not yet been determined. Submit any questions to Kurt Frega (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To submit images for entry into the NCHS Fall Photography Contest, send submissions to email@example.com. Please attach a single photograph submission to each e-mail and include desired text (see above). Submissions are due by Saturday, October 20th by 11:59 PM!
- Contest is open to any amateur photographer who is a CURRENT MEMBER. Amateur photographer is defined as a person who does not make more than 10% of their annual income from the sale of photographs (this includes micro-stock).
- Photograph submissions must have been taken by the person submitting them to the contest.
- NCHS retain the rights to use all submitted photographs on their websites and for educational purposes.
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 diamondback terrapin 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.
The evening portion of the meeting, which will include additional presentations, as well as a GROUP DINNER and SOCIAL, will be held at Clouds Brewing, 126 N West St., Raleigh.
ELECTIONS: It is time once again to elect an NCHS President and Treasurer (Vie-President and Secretary 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 2018. 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 2018. 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 (2019-2020)
NAME: Jeff Mette
LOCATION: Chapel Hill, NC
PRESENT POSITION: Curator, Living Collections, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences.
EDUCATION: B.A. Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill.
INTERESTS: Reptile and amphibian biogeography, conservation, captive breeding, zoo exhibit design. Also gardening, cars, computers.
SERVICE: Current President, seeking re-election. Member since ca. 2006. Library and Archives Committee chair since May 2012. Has donated auction items; contributed material to newsletter; and contributed to regional reptile and amphibian-related education and outreach, NCHS-funded research projects, and the NC State Museum’s living and non-living collections.
CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “Forward, no backward.”
NAME: Ed Corey
LOCATION: Raleigh, NC.
PRESENT POSITION: Inventory Biologist, North Carolina State Parks.
EDUCATION: B.S. Zoology, Wildlife Sciences, and Botany (minor in Forestry), North Carolina State University (2004).
INTERESTS: Inventory, monitoring, natural history, photography, all taxa.
SERVICE: Current and longest-serving Treasurer in NCHS history (since 2007),
seeking re-election. Member since 2003; speaker, 2007 Fall Meeting; current
Stewardship Committee chair; has served as photo contest judge; helped facilitate
and host 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 Spring Meetings; participated in and led field
trips; donated items to and assisted with auctions; assisted with setup, cleanup, and
other thankless tasks at numerous meetings; has assisted with Project Bog Turtle
and Project Simus; active with NCPARC and current chair of RIMM working group;
chair of NC Amphibian and Reptile Scientific Council and member of Nongame
Wildlife Advisory Committee; founding member of Froggy Bottom Boys; voted “Member-of-the-Year,” 2010; has contributed to NCSM herpetological collections
and to general herpetology of NC.
CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “Change is bad. Vote Ed. Unless you want me to change. But still, vote Ed.”
Nominating Committee: Jeff Beane