July 2011 newsletter of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology: president's message, 2012 meeting news, World Congress for Herpetology and more

2012 Meeting

We are excited to announce that next year's meeting will be held in Hood River, Oregon on March 19-22.  Mark your calendars and keep checking our website where we will post the information as the details get worked out.

Member Photo Gallery

Our website now fetures a member photography page. The debut of this new page features three of the winners of our most recent photo contest, as voted on by our members during the meeting in Gig Harbor. Be sure to check out the page where you can also find submission information, not to mention this great shot that Teal captured recently of a rare wildflower in southern Oregon.

Year of the Turtle

Turtle conservation groups in partnership with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) are designating 2011 as the Year of the Turtle in an effort to raise awareness about some of the pressing issues facing turtle populations around the world. For more information including a schedule of events to be held in our area check out the PARC website.

President's Message

As the new, incoming SNVB President, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Board members, Darcy Pickard (Northern VP), and Kim Walters (Trustee). This is the first time serving on the Executive Board for both so it is great to have new energy and enthusiasm injected into your serving Board members. It is also the highest number of Canadians serving on the Board (3 of us) since anyone can remember! First item on the agenda – change the title of “President” to “Prime Minister” and “Vice-President” to “Premier.” Kidding. A revolt amongst the Board probably isn’t a great way of taking on a new position. Read more

2011 Meeting in Review

By all accounts our 2011 meeting held this past March in Gig Harbor was a huge success. With over 170 registrants, including 75 new members, 80 presented papers and 20 posters, our meeting once again showcased an impressive variety of research from around the Northwest. For more information, photos, or to download a copy of the program see the annual meeting page on our website.

World Congress of Herpetology

The 7th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH) meeting is coming to the Northwest. The University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the city of Vancouver will host the meeting in beautiful British Columbia from 8-14 August 2012. Check out the WCH website for much more information. SNVB is currently in discussions about the potential of organizing a symposium. Contact Brent, brent.matsuda(at)gmail(dot)com, for more information.


Our website continues to evolve. Don't forget that as a member you have access to full text articles of Northwestern Naturalist via the BioOne free member access program. Just login to our members page (Username: phylum, password: Chordata!) and follow the link. We now have an online payment option (PAYPAL) for new memberships and renewals. We hope to soon provide the opportunity to order and purchase copies of Northwest Fauna, as well as future meeting registrations. Have an idea for the site? We encourage your feedback. Send your ideas to snvb.murreletter(at)gmail(dot)com.


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