on Mar 26, 2012 10:55 AM • Views 6325

Amphibians and reptiles, like this Eastern hognose snake, are the focus of the full-day workshop at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18. (Photo: Jeff Hall)

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop in New Hanover County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, alligators, snakes and lizards across the state. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the effects people can have on these often-maligned but ecologically important animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the park, which has forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak, and many small ponds — habitat favored by a variety of reptiles and amphibians.  

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will be one of the workshop leaders. Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.  

He expects that workshop participants will find a variety of animals, based on past workshops conducted at the park. 

“Carolina Beach State Park is set in the heart of an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians,” Hall said. “There are many, many possible species that we may encounter during the afternoon field excursion. I expect we may see Eastern hognose snakes, Southern cricket frogs, barking treefrogs, and broken-striped newts, just to name a few.” 

“Amphibians and Reptiles in North Carolina” is the last of three workshops that Hall, along with Mike Campbell, an educator with the Wildlife Commission, will be conducting on amphibians and reptiles this spring. The workshop qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification and educators may receive one CEU credit.  

For more information about the workshop, contact Campbell at 252-670-0090, mike.campbell@ncwildlife.org; or Hall at 252- 917-1683, jeff.hall@ncwildlife.org.  

For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit www.ncparc.org.

A hi-resolution version of the photograph above may be downloaded here. Please credit Jeff Hall.