** 10th Annual HerpBlitz **
This year for the 10th HerpBlitz we will be revisiting Breaks Interstate Park. We conducted a survey there in July of 2009. Since the property was large and our survey group was small, we decided to do a second survey to more adequately describe the herp biodiversity. The survey will be conducted on Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th. June 13th will be a full day survey and June 14th will be a half day survey. Preregistration is required. Please preregister with Jason Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please check out the Breaks Interstate Park website ( http://www.breakspark.com/) for lodging options.
Organized in 1958, the Virginia Herpetological Society brings together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia's reptiles and amphibians. The VHS encourages scientific study of Virginia herpetofauna and its conservation. Education continues to be an important society function.
Society meetings are held twice each year, in spring and fall, at different locations throughout the state. The program is open to all members and guests and includes an educational workshop, a business meeting, and a contributed papers session during which members present information on their research and interest with Virginia's reptile and amphibians.
The Fall Meeting Workshop trains members and educators on the identification, conservation, and captive care of common reptile and amphibian species, as well as those that are threatened and endangered. A two-day trip during the Spring meeting teaches members field sampling techniques and identification by professional herpetologists.
The VHS publishes a bulletin, CATESBEIANA, twice each year that contains research, field notes, and other information on various aspects of herpetology submitted by its members. The society also produces a semi-annual newsletter to keep you informed on conservation, education, and upcoming events pertaining to the Commonwealth's reptiles and amphibians.