Field Herpetology of the Southwest

Olive drab toad with orange spots and yellow eyes reflected in water Incilius alvarius - Sonoran Desert Toad
Courtesy of S. Mullin
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.

Dates

July 26-August 3, 2023

Tuition

  • $1,400 fee is to be paid by all participants upon being informed of their acceptance, and will cover tuition, housing and meals.
  • Tuition is to be paid by all participants upon being informed of their acceptance, and will cover course fees, housing and meals.
  • Payment can be made with a personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS.
    • If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's check, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind that the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase.
    • If you reside outside the United States: please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in U.S. Dollars or email [email protected] to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. 

Transportation

Costs for travel to SWRS are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we can facilitate participants contacting each other to carpool to and from the station.

Application

Please email [email protected] to request an application.