Lisa Hallock (WA DFW), Susan Haig (USGS), and I are initiating a striped whipsnake phylogeography study for the Northwest to assess whether the single remaining population in Washington is a DPS and worthy of special protection.
We need tissue from other parts of the species range and we would appreciate any help you can provide us. Please let us know if you are willing to contribute tail tissue clips from road kill, frozen specimens, or any other suitable tissue with a recorded collection location. Thank you for your help.
We just need tail tips from road kill (about 1 inch is plenty) and provide us with the following for each sample:
1. Coordinates (Lat / Long or UTM), Datum (NAD83 or WGS 84 is fine)
2. Description of location (Highway and nearest mile marker, county, state)
3. Date collected
4. Your name and contact (in case we have questions)
You can just drop the sample in a clean envelope, seal it, and write the sample information on the outside. Ziplock is fine too, but only if the sample is dry (we don't want stinky, decomposing samples). We can also accept tissue in ethanol if shipped properly. Please include only one individual tissue sample per envelope or vial.
Please pass this request along to others that you think might be willing to assist us.
Supervisory Research Ecologist
USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
970 Lusk Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Email: [email protected]