In late July of 2010, nearly a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River and impacted approximately 36 miles of river and potentially hundreds of acres of high quality amphibian and reptile habitat making this one of the worst environmental disasters in Michigan history. Early in the response the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service identified a need for focused rescue and recovery of herpetofauna. Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC (HRM) was contracted by the USFWS to coordinate the early rescue efforts and to work with Binder Park Zoo and Enbridge contractors regarding cleaning and care of impacted herpetofauna. Over 2,500 animals, more than 2,000 of them turtles (eight species), have been collected and treated as part of rescue efforts. This presentation will discuss the efforts to rescue, clean, care for, and ultimately release the amphibians and reptiles impacted by this spill.
David Misfud - Herpetologist, certified professional wetland scientist and professional ecologist, owner and founder of Herpetological Resource and Management (HRM), and herpetologist for the City of Ann Arbor since 2000. David holds an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan as well as degrees in Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies from Aquinas College. He also serves as Co-Chair for the Michigan Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) and is an active member of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Amphibian and Reptile Technical Advisory Committee. He has been working for over ten years in wildlife biology, wetland ecology, and habitat conservation and management. David works to promote vernal pool conservation in Michigan and has developed Michigan's first volunteer salamander monitoring program. He has overseen numerous projects for private, non-profit, and governmental agencies including wetland mitigation design and monitoring, herpetofaunal inventories and habitat design, wildlife and habitat management, large scale ecosystem mapping, amphibian and reptile rescue, translocation, and repatriation, and educational outreach. His primary research interest is the effect of urbanization, habitat loss and fragmentation, and invasive species colonization on amphibian and reptile species diversity and distribution within the Great Lakes Region. David has been involved with this topic for a number of years and is currently the Chair for the Fire and Herps Task Force, for the Midwest Chapter of PARC.
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.