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Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander Workshop 2014

Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander Workshop 2014 program image

Topics discussed included: the geographic distribution of Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders and related species, upland and aquatic habitats and their management, movements, population and community ecology, survey methods, and methods for assessing potential project impacts and approaches for avoidance and minimization.

Date

Thursday, June 5, 2014
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Watsonville
Lunch will be provided

COST: $255.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Dr. Wesley Savage

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Contact

Virginia Guhin
virginia@elkhornslough.org
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander, Habitat Restoration

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program hosted the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander workshop and field session on June 5, 2014 at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Intended Audience:  biological consultants, land managers, researchers, and regulatory agency personnel.

Workshop Objectives:              

  • Attendees will understand the basic biology and ecology of the highly endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander
  • Attendees will understand how this information can be applied to habitat management for this species

Topics Discussed:

The geographic distribution of Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders and related species, upland and aquatic habitats and their management, movements, population and community ecology, survey methods, and methods for assessing potential project impacts and approaches for avoidance and minimization. The information conveyed will be useful in large-scale and local conservation planning efforts.

 

Workshop Details:

Workshop registration included a classroom lecture and field session on June 5. 

Workshop Format:

Thursday, June 5 Classroom Session (8:30am-3:00pm) - Wesley Savage  presented a comprehensive lecture on the biology and conservation of the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croeceum, a.k.a. “SCLTS”).

Thursday, June 5 Afternoon Session (4:00pm – 7:30pm) - Field work focused on habitat assessment and survey techniques at a location known to support the species. Movement patterns, identification protocol, and habitat management techniques will also be discussed. Personal vehicles required to travel to field site and liability waiver required. There was not an opportunity for capture or species handling due to the unavailability of ponds with suitable water levels to support the species this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Read Me SCLTS 2014
DOC, 25KB
Virginia Guhin

2014
SCLTS Workshop Bibliography
DOCX, 27KB
Wesley Savage

2014
SCLTS Workshop Presentation
PDF, 17.4MB
Wesley Savage
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
2014
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
A Comparison of the Life Histories of Coastal and Montane Populations of Ambystoma macrodacytlon in California
PDF, 3.1MB
James D. Anderson
The American Midland Naturalist 77(2):323-355
1967
Recovery Plan (Draft): Santa Cruz long-toed salamander
PDF, 23.6MB
US Fish and Wildlife Service
USFWS
2004
Species account: Santa Cruz long-toed salamander
DOC, 9MB
American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology

1963
OTHER INFORMATION
Santa Cruz County Planning Department Policy: Site Disturbance and Impervious Surface in the Salamander Protection Zone
PDF, 57KB
Santa Cruz County Planning Department
County of Santa Cruz
1/1/03
Tissue Collection Protocol for Genetic Research
PDF, 270KB
K.E. Leyse, A.J. Lind, W.K. Savage, H.B. Shaffer, and M.R. Stephens
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
April 2009

Questions and Answers

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