The ERC was launched in July 2012. The ERC was in many ways an expansion of the first of IPFW’s Centers of Excellence, the Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation and Management (the “Herp Center”), which itself was launched back in 2000. Although it engaged in a variety of conservation efforts, the Herp Center not surprisingly focused on the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. With the explicit expansion of mission, the ERC can more easily showcase and support a broad range of conservation issues.
The Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwestern United States is now available. The Midwest “HMG”, a nearly 150 page book edited by Bruce Kingsbury and Joanna Gibson, is part of an award-winning series of handsome, photo-filled books produced by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). While framed with reptiles and amphibians front and center, the habitat-specific guidance offered is suitable for nongame in general, and is a must have for resource managers striving to consider wildlife in their planning and practices. You can find out more about the HMGs and order the second edition from PARC by going to their HMG web site. The cost for these guides is $10 each to recoup production and publication costs. Well worth it. A limited number of the HMGs are available from the ERC for our conservation partners at no cost. Otherwise, substantive orders need to be made using the link above. When all of the printed copies have been distributed, we will work towards providing a digital version of the HMGs on this site.