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In January 2020, a contingent of Canadian herpetologists congregated in the southern hemisphere for the largest gathering of likeminded geeks from around the globe. The 9th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH), hosted at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa, New Zealand (05-11 Jan 2020), brought together 874 herpetologists from 57 countries to share scientific findings, promote education, and address… Read More
We could all use some good news right now. In conservation, work can often feel like an uphill slog with species declining and wild spaces disappearing. But, it’s important to recognize that among the sad stories, there are good news stories sprinkled in the mix, too. I want to celebrate some conservation wins for Canadian reptile and amphibian species. 1. Herb… Read More
By this time of year, the frogs have bred and the eggs have successfully hatched. The tadpoles are being headstarted for release into historic habitats where they will help stabilize existing wild populations. This means we must also feed and care for the tadpoles before their eventual release. To clean the tadpole tubs, we create siphons by… Read More
Each fall, herpetologists from across the country converge for the annual Canadian Herpetological Society conference, which has become an invaluable forum for us to share our work, meet new people and catch up with old friends. The Monday field trip, which follows the weekend’s formal conference program of platform and poster presentations, is also a source of… Read More
As part of our research on the mating habits of the northern map turtle, we used 3D printed turtle decoys to woo wild turtles and recorded their behaviours with action cameras. Our fraudulent turtles worked their intended goal admirably well, but they also attracted the unwanted attention of peckish neighbours. Adult turtles have few predators in Canadian waters but otters are a notable menace… Read More