N.A.F.H.A. Rocky Mountain Chapter Field Trip Fall 2015!

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N.A.F.H.A. Rocky Mountain Chapter Field Trip Fall 2015!

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Visit the beautiful Virgin Mountains on the Arizona/Nevada border, and 2 hours from Las Vegas!
2-4 October 2015
The trip goals include documenting an inventory of as many species as possible for the database and collecting genetic samples from Utah Mountain Kingsnakes, Gila monsters, and rattlesnakes. Survey will include road cruising, hiking transects and listening for calling amphibians. The trip will be led jointly by Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and Arizona Dept of Game and Fish (AZGFD). In accordance with NAFHA policy, no live harvest will occur at this event. Live tissue sampling of selected species, and whole-body salvage of DORs for genetic and voucher museum accession is desired, and one of the NDOW and AZGFD goals.
For those attending:
1) Most of the land around the Virgin Mountains, and south to Gold Butte, is BLM administered. A portion of the land on the Arizona side of the border is in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. BLM policy of “leave no trace” will be followed. The Virgin Mountains are remote and camping is primitive with no facilities. Bring everything you will need, including water, and pack out all trash. Base camp site will be promulgated to those who RSVP.
2) RSVP to Steve Stocking via PM on FHF. Username s_stocking.
3) It is highly recommended to sign up as an NDOW volunteer (more opportunities handling and salvaging selected critters!). Additionally time spent on the survey can be counted towards volunteer hours (e.g., resumes, CVs, community service). Finally, mileage on your vehicle may also be considered volunteer and may give you upwards of a $0.56 per mile deduction when doing federal taxes…Consult with our volunteer coordinator for more info (Tammie Frost below) on this event and/or your tax guru for claiming mileage. To register as an NDOW volunteer:
http://www.ndow.org/Education/Volunteer/Wildlife/ scroll down to the bottom (“Q: How do I become a Volunteer”) and click on the “Volunteer” hyperlink to start the volunteer application process. Alternatively go to "Volunteer opportunities, "scroll down to "Herp Survey" (note: as of this post date the survey is being added to the website).
If you need additional info contact:
Jason L. Jones
702-486-5127 ext. 3718
[email protected]
If you need help registering contact:
Tammie Frost
702-486-5127 ext. 3850
[email protected]

Potential Species List (For dreamers)
Rattlesnake, Western Diamondback Crotalus atrox
Rattlesnake, Black-tailed Crotalus molossus
Racer, Western yellow-bellied Coluber constrictor mormon
Wandering Gartersnake Thamnophis elegans vagrans
Skink, Great Basin Plestiodon skiltonianus utahensis
Short-horned lizard Phrynosoma hernandesi hernandesi
Arizona Tiger Salamander Ambystoma mavortium nebulosum
Canyon Treefrog Hyla arenicolor
Arizona toad Anaxyrus microscaphus
Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens

Confirmed Species List
Tortoise, Mojave Desert Gopherus agassizii
Banded Gecko, Western Coleonyx variegatus
Desert Night Lizard Xantusia vigilis
Chuckwalla, Common Sauromalus ater
Collared Lizard, Great Basin Crotaphytus bicinctores
Gila Monster, Banded Heloderma suspectum cinctum
Horned Lizard, Southern Desert Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum
Iguana, Northern Desert Dipsosaurus dorsalis
Leopard Lizard, Long-nosed Gambelia wislizenii
Side-blotched Lizard, Western Uta stansburiana elegans
Spiny Lizard, Yellow-backed Sceloporus uniformis
Spiny Lizard, Plateau Sceloporus tristicus
Spiny Lizard, Western Fence Sceloporus occidentalis
Spiny Lizard, Sagebrush Sceloporus graciosus
Tree Lizard, Colorado River Urosaurus ornatus symmetricus
Long-tailed brush lizard, western Urosaurus graciosus
Whiptail, Great Basin Aspidoscelis tigris tigris
Zebra-tailed Lizard, Western Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus
Ring-necked Snake, Regal Diadophis punctatus regalis
Ground Snake, Sonora semiannulata
Night Snake, Hypsiglena chlorophaea deserticola
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake, Phyllorhynchus decurtatus
Smith’s Black-headed snake, Tantilla hobartsmithi
Southwestern Threadsnake, Rena humilis humilis
Striped Whipsnake Coluber taeniatus taeniatus
Coachwhip, Red Coluber flagellum piceus
Glossy Snake Arizona elegans
Gopher Snake, Great Basin Pituophis catenifer deserticola
King Snake, California Lampropeltis californiae
King Snake, Utah Mountain Lampropeltis pyromelena infralabialis
Long-nosed Snake Rhinocheilus lecontei
Lyre Snake, Sonoran Trimorphodon lambda
Patch-nosed Snake, Mojave Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis
Rattlesnake, Southwestern Speckled Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus
Rattlesnake, Great Basin Crotalus oreganus lutosus
Rattlesnake, Northern Mojave Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus
Sidewinder, Mojave Desert Crotalus cerastes cerastes
Baja California Treefrog Pseudacris hypochondriaca
Relict Leopard Frog Lithobates onca
Great Plains toad Anaxyrus cognatus
Red Spotted toad Anaxyrus punctatus
Woodhouse toad Anaxyrus woodhousii
Great basin spadefoot toad Spea intermontana

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