CHS Annual Conference

Annual conferences are usually held on a Friday evening to Monday in early to mid-September. Each year, conferences are held at a different location across Canada.

Members are encouraged to give presentations or submit posters on all aspects of herpetological conservation (e.g. stewardship projects, population management, education) and research (e.g. population dynamics, genetics, disease). Some annual general conferences will have symposia or workshops that address specific issues relevant to amphibian and reptile research and conservation.

Conferences are accompanied with a field trip, usually on the Monday. The Field trip provides members with an exciting opportunity to see and learn about local species and their habitat.

If you would like more information on the annual conferences and are not on the CHS mailing list, please send your questions, as well as your e-mail and telephone number to the .



2022 CHS Conference

The 2022 Canadian Herpetological Society conference and annual general meeting will take place from September 16 to 19 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The meeting with be a hybrid in person/virtual meeting held at the Wu Centre on the University of New Brunswick Campus. The meeting coincides with the closing weekend of the Harvest Music Festival, one of the largest music festivals in Atlantic Canada. The CHS meeting starts with a workshop and reception Friday, followed by two day of talks. The CHS annual general meeting and a banquet will occur on Saturday. The conference wraps up with a field trip to some local herp hotspots just inside city limits on Monday.

Registration & Call for Abstracts

To register, please click on "Register" at the bottom of this page. Registration prices increase after August 15th, and registration for the Conference Banquet, Opening Reception, T-shirt, and Field Trip options will NOT be available after August 31st. If you are submitting an abstract, please submit via “Submit Abstract” at the bottom of this page prior to the abstract submission deadline of August 15th.

Wu Centre
6 Duffie Dr
Fredericton, NB

Community Science for Herps Workshop

In this interactive workshop, learn when and how to participate in many community science (sometimes referred to as citizen science) projects across Canada to contribute to conservation and research of herpetofauna. This workshop will be conducted in English, but with questions in English or French.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2022
Time: 1 - 5 pm ADT
Format: In-person or Virtual

The workshop is provided at no cost and there will be a coffee break. However, in person space is limited so please sign up on the registration form.


1 - 1:30 pm
(30 min)
Welcome and Attendance
1:30 - 2:10 pm
(40 min)
Introduction and Community Science Overview
James Baxter-Gilbert and Hannah McCurdy-Adams
2:10 - 2:20 pm
(10 min)
Quick Break
2:20 - 3:30 pm
(70 min)
Case Study Presentations of Individual Projects
  1. Magnetawan First Nation Department of Lands, Resources and Environment
    Nadine Perron
  2. Invasive Species & Herps in New Brunswick: Increasing Public Reporting to Improve Data
    Kristin Elton
  3. Gray Treefrogs in Hyla Park
    Shaylyn Wallace
  4. Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
    Sue Carstairs
  5. Ontario FrogWatch and Turtle Tally
    Donnell Gasbarrini
  6. Community Science with Western Toads in Haida Gwaii and Squamish
    Roseanna Gamlen-Greene
3:30 - 3:50 pm
(20 min)
Coffee Break
3:50 - 4:50 pm
(1 hour)
iNaturalist Tutorial and Discussions
James Pagé
4:50 - 5 pm
(10 min)
Closing business and remarks

Friday Night Reception: Harvest Festival

With the Harvest music festival on it wouldn’t be right for us not to enjoy some of the free live music, buskers, street performers, and the rest of the festival experience. To take advantage of this event, our Friday night reception will include a walk, music, beer, water, wine, and conversation. Rather than try to get everyone into one venue we’ve arranged a few meeting times and locations throughout the Harvest Festival area. Someone from the LOC will be at each one of the meeting places to help people find each other. The event is open to everyone, whether you registered or not. We encourage you all to meet at one or more of the locations and then explore and enjoy the festival.

Designated meeting spots:

18:30 In front of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. 706 Queen St, Fredericton, NB,
20:00 Graystone Brewing. 221 King St, Fredericton, NB,
21:30 Lunar Rogue. 625 King St, Fredericton, NB,
There are quite a few free shows to take in

Many of the watering holes will have live music as well

CHS Saturday Night Banquet

The annual CHS banquet will be at the Fredericton Inn. Meal with be buffet style with many options to suite any and all tastes. During the banquet there will be an awards ceremony, travelogue, and herp quiz. Tickets are available for $65 and there will be a cash bar.

Field Trip

As is traditional at a CHS meeting, a field trip will be available for those wanting to stay an extra day.

Fredericton has multiple parks and nature preserves within the city limits to enjoy nature and herptiles! During this field trip you will explore two city parks. In the morning there will be a hike through one of Canada’s best Old Growth Forests, Odell Park, in search of Northern Dusky Salamanders with Greg Jongsma. Within Odell park there are 16 km of trails winding their way through a varied forest. Some of the trees in the park are more than 400 years old!

In the afternoon you will visit the first Amphibian Park in Canada nominated by National Geographic, the Hyla Park Nature Preserve. We will be joined by the Nature Trust of New Brunswick to learn about the history of the Preserve and take a walk in search of herptiles. Hyla Park Nature Preserve is home to 2 turtle species, 6 species of frogs & toads, and 2 salamanders. Some species you may see on your walk include Eastern Painted Turtle, Gray Treefrog and Blue-Spotted Salamander.

You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to Odell Park for the morning and then to Hyla Nature Preserve in the afternoon. There will be a stop at a local bakery for lunch ($10-15).

Participants must sign-up for the field trip when registering for the meeting.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Don McAlpine
Head, Department of Natural History
Research Curator and Head, Zoology Section
New Brunswick Museum

Don McAlpine is a leading researcher and zoologist in Atlantic Canada. He has worked as the Zoologist (since 1981), and as Head of the Natural History Department of the New Brunswick Museum (since 2006). Don’s knowledge of natural history in unmatched and spans several taxa including herps, whales, fish, molluscs, and soil invertebrates. There even is a beetle named after him, Atheta mcalpinei! For over 10 years, Don has organized intensive week-long Bio-blitzes in different new protected areas in NB. Don is an associate editor at four journals, and is adjunct (or similar) at five Canadian and American universities. Don has made the time for over 800 media interviews, and is a well-known, and respected naturalist, curator, and researcher in Atlantic Canada, and nationally.

Dr. Georgia Ward-Fear
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University

Dr Georgia Ward-Fear is an Australian conservation scientist and reptile ecologist. She asks counterintuitive questions: Can pest species be ecologically useful? Does indigenous traditional hunting increase prey resilience under environmental change? Instead of controlling harmful invasive species, can we ‘train’ the native animals they impact? Her research sits at the interface of invasion ecology, animal behaviour and sometimes, sociopolitical science. To tackle conservation issues, Georgia collaborates with indigenous land management networks and brings industry stakeholders together in new and exciting ways. For her PhD (2016), together with the Balanggarra indigenous rangers, Georgia trialled a novel technique to mitigate the ecological impacts of toxic cane toads on wild Monitor lizards, (inducing ‘Taste Aversion’); it was successful, attracting international media attention and leading to further funding. Georgia then developed ‘The Cane Toad Coalition’ (2017), a strategic partnership between prominent conservation organisations, Indigenous NGOs and cultural groups, State governments and regional stakeholders ( Georgia leads the coalition, with the ambitious task of delivering the largest and most innovative strategy for cane toad mitigation to date. Together with her indigenous collaborators, she works with a range of apex reptilian predators in the wild. Excitingly, they are succeeding at mitigating the impacts of this devastating toad invasion.

Georgia is a University medallist (2009), a Val street Scholar (2013-16) and is part of the Homeward Bound initiative (2019) a global network of Women in STEM, collaborating to influence global environmental policy. She is one of Science and Technologies Australia ‘Superstars of STEM’ and an APIS ‘Tall poppy’. Recently, her biography was written for the 5-book series ‘Aussie STEM stars’, for kids aged 10-13. She hopes to apply the taste aversion results to other systems and challenge academic models of conservation research globally.

Silent Auction and Book Raffle

We will have a silent auction of mainly herpetologically themed artworks, souvenirs, doo-dads, knick-knacks and oddments as well as a book raffle, also suitably herpetological, to raise funds for student travel to this and future CHS meetings. Donations are welcome.

At CHS 2022 one of the silent auction items will be a copy of Turtles of the World signed by the authors! You will have to be in attendance to win, so register now.

To donate, contact Chris Edge:

Pre-meeting events

COSEWIC Amphibians and Reptiles Subcommittee assessment meeting:
Wednesday and Thursday, September 14th and 15th. COSEWIC is advisory to the Government of Canada and responsible under Canada’s Species at Risk Act for assessing the endangerment status of Canadian wildlife. The subcommittee will discuss numerous at-risk or potentially at-risk species of Canadian amphibians and reptiles.

Observers are welcome. If you would like to observe some or all of the meeting, please send an email to the co-chairs, Tom Herman ( and Pamela Rutherford ( Information on COSEWIC is here:


Conference participants will need to make their own hotel reservations. The conference coincides with the closing weekend of the Harvest Music Festival, one of the largest music festivals in Atlantic Canada, and it will be difficult to find economical accommodation close to the conference date. It is strongly suggested that you make reservations at the conference hotel, or book your accommodation soon.

Conference hotel: A special group rate of $129 will be available for conference participants Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Fredericton Inn. When you make your reservation, provide the name of the event (Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference). The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Wu Centre and the Beer and Pretzel. If you require assistance travelling from the hotel to any event please contact the conference chair, Chris Edge,

Fredericton Inn (
3115 Regent St
NB E3C 1A1

Eating at the conference

Lunches on Saturday and Sunday are included in registration at the Wu Centre.

Coffee breaks are scheduled for mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and appetizers will be available at the Saturday poster session.


Your safety is one of our top concerns. Masks will be required to be worn inside the auditorium, meeting rooms, and any communal spaces. The Wu Centre is conveniently located on the University of New Brunswick Campus and going outside for fresh air during breaks and lunches is possible.

This Conference is Carbon Neutral

The CHS annual meeting has been carbon neutral since 2018. We achieve this status by measuring and offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions from participants’ travel to the workshop, hotel stays, as well as all the energy and paper used during the workshop. For more information about carbon offsetting, please visit