A Look Back at 10 Years of Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles in Michigan: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

Since the first Stewardship Network Conference was held amphibians and reptiles have maintained a presence at each year’s conference. Topics from reintroduction and headstarting, best management practices and timing, importance of native herpetofauna for controlling pest species, and how to create and enhance habitat have been covered. This presentation will look back on topics covered and what we have learned, address updates to our current knowledge on various subjects including updates to species status, and offer insight into our progression toward improved conservation and best management of amphibians and reptiles in Michigan and the Great Lakes over the last decade. This presentation will also include opportunities for participants to ask questions on pertinent material not covered in the presentation. Attendees will get a crash course in what has been achieved in the last decade and the role the Stewardship Network has played in helping make this all possible.

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
David A. Mifsud
Herpetological Resource and Management
David A. Mifsud is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Ecologist, and a Professional Wetland Scientist. He has been working for 20 years in the conservation field with expertise in amphibians and reptiles and has spent his career advocating for the protection and best management of herpetofauna in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. He developed Michigan’s only salamander monitoring program and has served as an expert on vernal pools conservation in Michigan for over 15 years. He is the Co-Chair of the State of Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Technical Advisory Board and administer of the Michigan Herpetological Atlas. David also serves as an expert on Great Lakes Turtles for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and is also active in global turtle and tortoises conservation. Mifsud is the author of the Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices for Michigan and co-author of the upcoming second edition of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region.
Jim Harding, Michigan State University, Maegan Stapleton, ​Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC, Sean Zera, ​Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC