The Partnership for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (http://www.parcplace.org/) presents a unique opportunity for hobbyists and others to work in the company of professional herpetologists. The organization is unique and, in my opinion, far-sighted, in focusing on common as well as rare amphibians and reptiles. Membership is open to all interested persons.
Working groups are established to address species native to each of 6 geographic regions in the USA, as well as in Canada and Mexico, and volunteers are always welcomed. Current initiatives range from monitoring smooth green snake populations to assessing vernal pond habitats.
Frog and salamander enthusiasts can participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s “Project Frogwatch” (www.nwf.org/frogwatchUSA) or the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp). Amphibian deformities, an increasingly common concern, can be reported at www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt.
State wildlife agencies often support volunteer-based conservation initiatives. Links to the individual agencies (they all have different names) of each state may be found at http://www.fishwildlife.org/ or on the PARK website noted above.
The Hawksbill Turtle Project of Big Island, Hawaii is looking for volunteers for the 2009 Season!
Lodging and a small stipend for food is provided.
What an exciting opportunity to work with rare sea turtles!
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Reptiles Alive Blog
Hello Jen, Frank Indiviglio here. Nice to hear from you again, thanks for the tip…National Park Service projects are always well run and very worthwhile. I’ve checked out your blog …nicely done, and will log on in a bit again.
Sea turtle work is important, rewarding and great fun. I hope some of our readers take advantage. I’ve worked with leatherback and green turtles and would be happy to answer any questions folks might have.
Best regards, Frank Indiviglio.