Field Herpetology of the Southwest


The Herpetology Field Course will be held August 2 - 10, 2022

During this 8-night course, participants will gain knowledge on the outstanding biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles found in a wide diversity of habitats throughout southeastern Arizona and parts of southwestern New Mexico.
Participants will obtain hands-on experience in amphibian and reptile identification, collecting and marking techniques, and data documentation. The course will also cover how to prepare a museum voucher specimen, including tissue vouchers.
The course is designed for students, conservation biologists, and other individuals who have a background in biology at the college level. It will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of reptiles and amphibians of southeastern Arizona and parts of southwestern New Mexico. The course will include lectures, field trips, and labs. However, field trips will be a major part of the course. Students will visit a wide diversity of habitat types ranging from mountain tops to desert.
Collection of specimens during the course will be confined to instructors; no private collecting is permitted. You must be 18 years or older to register for this course.

Email Geoff Bender - [email protected] - for an application.

Course Cost: $1,305.00 (meals and lodging included)

Preferred methods of payment

Personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to the SWRS. If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's checks, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.

If you reside outside the United States, please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in the net amount of your fees in U.S. Dollars. As above, if you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, money order, traveler's checks, or arrange a bank transfer with your credit card. Please contact the Station to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS.

Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we will send out email addresses so that participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.