Herpetology:  The cold-blooded but totally cool world of reptiles and amphibians
14th Annual Methow Conservation Course Documents
Conservation Course Information Page
Conservation Course Syllabus

Please look through the entire syllabus for the listed resources, as you may want to read some sooner rather than later.  “Core” resources for each class are suggested.  For the avid reader/learner, some additional articles and books are listed.  Of course, all resources are optional, they are simply meant to enhance your course experience! All resources that are not books are linked electronically below.

Overall reading materials we recommend:

1.  The Burke Museum’s Amphibians & Reptiles of Washington website: http://www.burkemuseum.org/blog/curated/amphibians-reptiles-washington  

2.  WDFW’s Washington Herp Atlas website and their “Checklist of Washington Amphibians and Reptiles.” This site has detailed species factsheets for every WA species! https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/herp_atlas/speciesmain.html   

3.  The Slater Museum’s Amphibians & Reptiles website, including lists and keys to WA species: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/biodiversity-resources/amphibians-reptiles/

4.  Western Reptiles and Amphibians by Robert C. Stebbins, Third edition, Peterson Field Guide Series (2003).

February 12th – What are Herps?
Dan Beck

Core Resources:
1.  See the core resources for the whole class on the first page.

2.  http://www.californiaherps.com/northwest2.html - Photos of reptiles and amphibian species found in Oregon and Washington.  The site also has complete lists of herps, sounds, videos and more.

For the Avid Learner:
1. Pough , H. (1980). The Advantages of Ectothermy for Tetrapods. The American Naturalist, Vol. 115, No. 1, pp. 92-112.

2. Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest, Jones et al. (2005) Seattle Audubon Soc.

3. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Corkran and Thomas. Lone Pine Press. 2006.

4. Reptiles of the Northwest by Alan St. John, Lone Pine Publishing (2002).

5. Reptiles of Washington and Oregon, Storm and Leonard (ed) Seattle Audubon Soc.

6. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Pacific Northwest. Nussbaum, Brodie, and Storm. University of Idaho Press, 1983.

February 26th - The Ecology and Distribution of Methow Reptile Species
Scott Fitkin

Core Resources:
1.  Reptiles of the Methow Watershed, list by Dana Visalli: http://www.mountainkindnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Reptiles-of-the-Methow.pdf

2.  WDFW Conservation Bulletin on Western Pond Turtles: https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/western_pond_turtle/

3.  Species factsheets from WDFW’s WA Herp Atlas: https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/herp_atlas/speciesmain.html. Check out Painted Turtle, Pygmy Short-horned Lizard, Western Fence Lizard, and all the snakes!

For the Avid Learner:
1.  WDFW “Periodic Status Review for the Western Pond Turtle in Washington (2017)” https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01853/

March 5th - The Ecology and Distribution of Methow Amphibian Species, plus Amphibian Disease and Toxicology
Julie Grialou & Jennifer Zajac

Core Resources:
1.  Amphibians of the Methow Watershed, list by Dana Visalli: http://www.mountainkindnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Amphibians-of-the-Methow-Watershed.pdf

2.  Species factsheets from WDFW’s WA Herp Atlas, including Great Basin Spadefoot, Pacific Treefrog, Columbia Spotted Frog, Western Toad, Long-toed Salamander, and/or Tiger Salamander

3.  WDFW’s Living with Frogs website, including lots of links like, “Facts about Washington Treefrogs,” “Native Frogs of Washington,” “Attracting and Maintaining Amphibians on Your Property,” and much more:  https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/frogs.html

4.  https://amphibiaweb.org/ - provides information on amphibian declines, natural history, conservation, and taxonomy.

For the Avid Learner:
1.  Characteristics of Amphibia, an Introduction (Resources for Biology Education by D G Mackean):  http://www.biology-resources.com/amphibia.html (Click the images and links for full-size documents and drawings)

March 12th – Rattlesnakes & the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, including Methow Research
John Rohrer

Core Resources:
1.  Doughton, S. (2017, June 6). Don’t fear Washington state’s only rattlesnake — get to know it, biologist urges.  The Seattle Timeshttps://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/dont-fear-washington-states-only-rattler-get-to-know-it-biologist-urges/ (featuring Dan Beck & John Rohrer, and videos!)

2.   Greene, H. (2003). Appreciating Rattlesnakes. Wild Earth, pp 28-32.

3.   Noss, R. (2003). Another Dead Diamondback, Wild Earth, pp 33-37

4.   Bowden , B. (2003). Snaketime. Wild Earth, pp 38-45

For the Avid Learner:
1.  Levin, T. (2016). America’s Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake.  Chicago, IL. University of Chicago Press

2.  Rubio, M. (1198). Rattlesnake: Portrait of a Predator. Smithsonian Institution Press

3.  Greene, H. (200). Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. Berkeley, CA.University of California Press

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