California Tiger Salamander Workshop May 16 and 17, 2018
The Alameda County Conservation Partnership is pleased to host this workshop on the biology and management of the California tiger salamander (CTS). Register now!
Join instructors and California tiger salamander specialists Peter Trenham, PhD and Christopher Searcy, PhD for the California tiger slamander workshop may 16th and 17th, 2018. Participants will learn about the biology, ecology, habitat and management of the CTS, and will receive hands-on experience learning proper field surveying methods and techniques.
Workshop Price & Registration
$475 - includes light breakfast and lunch
Registration is first-come, first serve, and is only finalized upon receiving payment. Total workshop attendance is limited to 30 participants. Each field session is limited to 15 participants each, to ensure instructor interaction and hands on training in the field.
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We apologize that we are not able to hold spots until payment is received – we have consistently had trouble in the past receiving payment when spots were reserved before they were paid for.
Workshop Topics and Objectives
This workshop is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of CTS biology and ecology. By completing this workshop, we hope you will also better understand how this information can be applied to habitat management for the species. The information will be useful in large-scale and local conservation planning efforts.
Topics discussed by Drs. Trenham and Searcy will include: the basics of amphibian biology and conservation; evolutionary relationships among tiger salamanders; how to identify CTS eggs, larvae, and adults; life cycle, demography, and population dynamics; predators and prey; habitats and ecology; movements, populations, metapopulations, and landscapes; threats; strategies for conservation and recovery.
In the field, participants will learn: proper field equipment use and cleaning; seining and dip-netting for CTS larvae; appropriate care and handing of captured CTS; approaches for detecting CTS in upland habitats; the importance of gophers and grounds squirrels.
Classroom Session - May 16th - 8am to 3:30 pm
Lecture-style instruction discussing the basics of amphibian biology and conservation; evolutionary relationships among tiger salamanders; how to identify CTS eggs, larvae, and adults; life cycle, demography, and population dynamics; predators and prey; habitats and ecology; movements, populations, metapopulations, and landscapes; threats; strategies for conservation and recovery.
Field Session 1 - May 16th, 4:30 to 7:30pm OR Field Session 2 - May 17th, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Field sessions will cover proper field equipment use and cleaning; seining and dip-netting for CTS larvae; appropriate care and handing of captured CTS; approaches for detecting CTS in upland habitats; the importance of gophers and grounds squirrels.
Peter Trenham, PhD. Dr. Trenham received his Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California, Davis. His specialty is amphibian conservation and his research focuses on upland habitat requirements and metapopulation biology. His published studies of the California tiger salamander have addressed population demography, metapopulation structure, upland distribution, and phylogeography.
Chris Searcy, PhD. University of Miami. Dr. Searcy received his Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California, Davis for his dissertation “Landscape ecology and conservation of the California tiger salamander”. Chris continued this study as a postdoctoral researcher, looking at the population dynamics of California tiger salamanders and the aquatic-terrestrial linkages, climatic factors, and selection pressures that shape these dynamics. He has authored multiple published papers on California tiger salamanders and has additional manuscripts on California tiger salamanders either in press or in preparation.
The classroom sessions will be held at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550. The field site is yet to be determined, but will be located within a short (30 min or less) drive of the Robert Livermore Community Center. A field site will be selected that includes both breeding and upland habitat (site will be emailed to workshop registrants). Please note, we cannot guarantee successful capture of CTS larvae or adults, however, we will do our best to select field sites with CTS present in the pond.
Please bring field-ready clothing and footwear. Waders are required for full workshop participation. Hip boots or waterproof boots will be adequate if participants do not wish to fully participate, but waders are necessary for attendees to participate in thorough field investigations and fully benefit from the hands-on elements of the training.
Food and Beverages
Beverages, light breakfast and lunch will be provided in the classroom session. All participants should bring a water bottle. The Conservation Partnership will do its best to accommodate special dietary needs, and will submit a request for notification of dietary needs prior to the course. Please note that the classroom and field sessions are in rural locations with few restaurants and stores nearby.
Workshop Cancellation and Refunds
Participants who wish to cancel their registration will receive a refund minus the Eventbrite administrative fee if they cancel within 30 days of the workshop. Partial refunds may be granted within 30 days of the workshop at the discretion of the RCD Executive Officer.
The Conservation Partnership reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop or a portion of an event such as a field session for any reason, particularly for the lack of sufficient registration, incapacity of speaker, inclement weather, etc. In the case of cancellation, registrants will receive full refunds, and in the case of postponement those who are not able to attend the new date will receive full refunds.
If you have questions about the workshop or registration process, please contact Rachelle Hedges. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 925-453-3872.