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A Summer Spent Salamander-ing

November 03, 2020
Meghan Ward

For as long as I can remember, I spent childhood summers at the cottage catching frogs and searching for salamanders under logs. My most trusted tools were a little plastic frog-shaped net and a big red bucket. If eight-year-old Meghan had been told she would be doing the same thing 15 years later, she would have been as ecstatic as I was while preparing to embark on a salamander study last… Read More

Canadian Herpetologists Abroad: New Zealand for the World Congress of Herpetology

September 30, 2020
Patrick Moldowan

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

Conservation Wins for Canadian Reptiles and Amphibians

August 28, 2020
James Paterson

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

A Week in the Life of a Volunteer Biologist - Froggy Friday

July 27, 2020
Stephanie Winton

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

Adventures in Canadian Herpetology: Recounting a Decade of CHS Field Trips

Part 1: Grasslands National Park, 2009

June 22, 2020
Joe Crowley, SAR Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

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

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