Announcing the
California/Nevada Amphibian Population Task Force
2009
Annual Meeting

To be held at the
Bodega Marine Laboratory
2099 Westside Rd.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

January 15 and 16 (field trip on 17th), 2009

 

Rana boylii credit: Kevin Wiseman

Photo: Rana boylii by Kevin Wiseman

AGENDA

Chair: David Bradford, US Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas

Steering Committee:
Cathy Brown, Carlos Davidson, Amy Lind, Jef Jaeger, Roland Knapp, Lara Rachowicz, Jon Sjoberg

Meeting Coordinator:
Jef Jaeger, UNLV School of Life Sciences and Public Lands Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Local Committee: 
Karla Marlow, Garcia and Associates, San Francisco, CA
David Cook, Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa, CA
 


Thursday Agenda
Friday Agenda
Saturday Field Trip
Posters

Abstracts


Thursday, January 15, 2009

7:45-8:30 am  Registration and Refreshments

8:30-8:40 am    Introduction and Announcements.  David Bradford, US Environmental Protection Agency, Landscape Ecology Branch, Las Vegas, NV

Session 1     Moderator: David BradfordBradford, US Environmental Protection Agency, Landscape Ecology Branch, Las Vegas, NV

8:40-8:55 am Welcome to Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve. Jackie Sones, Research Coordinator, Bodega Marine Reserve. (15 min)

8:55-9:20 am Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: A Novel Pathogen Approaching Endemism in Central California?Gretchen Padgett-Flohr* and Robert Hopkins, II. Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL. (25 min)

9:20-9:45 am The California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern Update: Progress, Future Work, and Involvement by the CA/NV Community.H. Brad Shaffer, Robert Thomson, and Amber Wright. Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA. (25 min)

9:45-10:10 am Population Estimates, Listing Petitions and Land Sales: True Tales of the Amargosa Toad. Brian Hobbs1* and Jon Sjöberg1. 1Nevada Department of Wildlife, Las Vegas, NV. (25 min)

10:10-10:45 am Break (35 min)

Session 2 Moderator: David Cook, Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa, CA

10:45-11:10 am The Role of Pesticides in the Decline of Amphibians in the Sierra Nevada, California. Gary Fellers and Patrick Kleeman. U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, CA. (25 min)

11:10-11:35 am Are Contaminants Contributing to the Decline of Cascades Frogs in California? Carlos Davidson1*, Kerri Stanle2, and Staci Simonich 2. 1Environmental Studies Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; 2Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR. (25 min)

11:35-12:00 am Habitat Characteristics of the Shasta Salamander and Recent Findings from PG&E Re-licensing Studies. Len Lindstrand III, North State Resources, Inc., Redding CA. (25 min)

12:00-1:15 pm Lunch (75 min)

Session 3 Moderator: Betsy Bolster, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA

1:15-1:40 pm The USFS Sierra Nevada Amphibian Monitoring Program: What Long-term Monitoring Can Tell Us. Cathy Brown, USDA Forest Service, PSW Research Station, Berkeley, CA. (25 min)

1:40-2:05 pm Incidence of a Fungal Pathogen in Rana cascadae and other Amphibian Species in the Mountains of Northern California. Jonah Piovia-Scott1*, Karen Pope2, Esther Cole3, Janet Foley4 And Sharon Lawler1,3 . 1Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis, CA; 2USFS Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Arcata, CA; 3Ecology Graduate Group, U.C. Davis, Davis, CA; 4School of Veterinary Medicine, U.C. Davis, CA. (25 min)

2:05-2:25 pm Geographic and Historical Distribution of Ranaviruses and the Potential for Spread into Uninfected Areas. Angela Picco1*, H. Brad Shaffer2, and James Collins3. 1United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA; 2Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA; 3School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, AZ. (20 min)

2:25-2:50 pm Overview of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program with Emphasis on Covered Amphibian Species.Allen Calvert, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV. (25 min)

2:50-3:20 pm Break (30 min)

Session 4 Moderator: Carlos Davidson, Environmental Studies Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


3:20-3:45 pm Differential Impact of Chytridiomycosis on Amphibians Across an Elevation Gradient. Roland Knapp, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, Mammoth Lakes, CA. (25 min)

3:45-4:10 pm Rapid Spread of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Causes Chytridiomycosis Outbreaks and Extinctions in Yellow-legged Frogs of the Sierra Nevada. Vance Vredenburg1*, Roland Knapp2, Tate Tunstall3, and Cherie Briggs3. 1San Francisco State University, Department of Biology, San Francisco, CA; 2Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab, University of California, Crowley Lake, CA. 3University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Santa Barbara, CA. (25 min)

4:10-4:35 pm Conservation and Ecological Studies of the Endangered California Tiger Salamander in Sonoma County (update). David Cook1*, David Stokes2, and Peter Trenham4. 1Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa, CA; 2University of Washington, Bothell, WA; 3University of California, Davis, CA. (25 min)

4:35-4:50 pm APTF Business (15 min)

1. 2010 meeting venue and committee
2. 2010 meeting dates: tentatively Jan. 7-8
3. Website update
4. List of publications
5. Other

Evening Dinner on your own; suggestions will be provided.

Posters

All Day, Thurs-Fri

Mitigation and Monitoring Efforts for California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) and California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense): Successful Breeding in a Constructed Pond. Kevin Wiseman1, Debie Montana2, Joseph Drennan1, and Karla Marlow1. 1Garcia and Associates, San Francisco, CA; 2Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Ramon, CA.

PARC (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation), Emphasis on Southwest PARC Region. Kary Schlick1 and Ernesto Garcia2. 1SW PARC Steering Committee Member, Six Rivers National Forest, Eureka, CA; 2Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Weaverville, CA

Arroyo Toad management on Camp Pendleton (approx. title). Sherri Sullivan, Wildlife Management Branch, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA

Friday, January 16, 2009


7:45-8:30 am Registration and Refreshments

8:30-8:35 am Announcements. David Bradford, US EPA, Las Vegas, NV.

Session 5 Moderator: Gary Fellers, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, CA

8:35-9:00 am Translocation of California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii). Thomas Newcomb1*, Bert Mulchaey1, Trish Tatarian2, and Jose Setka1. 1East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland, CA; 2Wildlife Research Associates, Santa Rosa, CA. (25 min)

9:00-9:25 am Prevalence of Parasites and Pathogens in Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii) in Humboldt County, California.Jamie Bettaso1*, N. C. Nieto2, S. R. Goldberg3, C. R. Bursey4, A. Picco5 and L. Schloegel6 . 1US Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata, CA; 2School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, CA; 3Department of Biology, Whittier College, Whittier, CA; 4Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University–Shenango Valley Campus, Sharon, PA; 5US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA; 6 Consortium for Conservation Medicine, New York, NY. (25 min)

9:25-9:50 am Monitoring Columbia Spotted Frog in Northeastern Nevada. Maija Meneks, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko, NV. (25 min)

9:50-10:15 am Synopsis of 2008 California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Activities Related to Amphibian Conservation. Betsy Bolster, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA. (25 min)

10:15-10:50 am Break (35 min)
Session 6 Moderator: Vance Vredenburg, San Francisco State University, Department of Biology, San Francisco, CA

10:50-11:15 am Ranid Frog Update in Southern California and Repatriation Discussion. Adam Backlin1*, Elizabeth Gallegos1, Frank Santana2, and Robert Fisher1. 1U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, CA; 2Conservation and Research for Endangered Species, Zoological Society of San Diego USA. (25 min)

11:15-11:40 am Movement Patterns and a Proposed Core Habitat Protection Zone for the Yosemite Toad (Bufo canorus). David L. Martin, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. (25 min)

11:40-12:05 am Estimating the Distribution of Genetic Variation within the Narrow-headed Gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) and it’s Utility in Informing Conservation Management Practices. Dustin Wood1*, Andrew Holycross2, Julio Lemos Espinal3, and Robert Fisher1. 1U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, CA, dawood@usgs.gov; 2School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; 3Laboratorio de Ecologia, Iztacala UNAM, Mexico. (25 min)

12:05-1:20 pm Lunch (75 min)

Session 7 Moderator: Jef Jaeger, UNLV School of Life Sciences and Public Lands Institute, Las Vegas, NV

1:20-1:45 pm A Review of Current Research at the Redwood Sciences Laboratory on Amphibian Population Status on Northwest California Landscapes. Hartwell Welsh, Jr.*, Karen Pope, Garth Hodgson, Don Ashton, and Clara Wheeler. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Arcata, CA. (25 min.)

1:45-2:10 pm PG&E Relicensing Studies: An Overview of our Current Amphibian Surveys. Andie Herman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Environmental Services, Chico, CA. (25 min)

2:10-2:35 pm Growth, Development, and Susceptibility to Parasites of Larval Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii) in Relation to Water Temperature: Implications for Management of California's Hydroelectic Dams.Alessandro Catenazzi1 and Sarah Kupferberg2* . 1Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA; 2Questa Engineering, Pt. Richmond, CA. (25 min)

2:35-3:00 pm Assessing Effects of Altered Hydrologic Regimes on Rana boylii Using a Population Projection Model.Amy Lind1 *, S.J. Kupferberg2, and W.J. Palen3. 1USDA Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Research Center, Davis, CA; 2Questa Engineering, Pt. Richmond, CA; 3Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. (25 min)

3:00-3:25 pm Break (25 min)

Session 8 Moderator: Karla Marlow, Garcia and Associates, San Francisco, CA

3:25-3:50 pm Spatial Distribution, Habitat Preference, and Detection of the Northern Red-legged Frog in Ephemeral Wetlands: A Baseline for Future Monitoring? Carrie Sendak1*, 2 and John Reiss2. 1USFS Pacific SW Research Station, Sierra Nevada Research Center, Berkeley, CA; 2Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. (25 min)

3:50-4:15 pm Pathogenicity of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis In Two Threatened California Amphibians: Rana draytonii and Ambystoma californiense.Gretchen Padgett-Flohr, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL. (25 min)

4:15-4:40 pm Comparative Microhabitat Characteristics at Oviposition Sites of the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii).Jeff Alvarez1*, David Cook2, and Michael Van Hattem3,4. 1The Wildlife Project, Modesto, CA; 23003 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa, CA; 3Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA; 4current address: California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka, CA. (25 min)

4:40-4:50 pm Closing Remarks. Dave Bradford.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

9:00-2:00 pm Field Trip to Bouverie Preserve, Sonoma Valley (see flyer). Further details and meeting location to be announced. Trip leader: David Cook.

* Indicates speaker in multi-authored talk.