Do you know your Diadophis from your Dicamptodon? Have you wondered about the biodiversity in your backyard? San Francisco Bay Area backyards and local parks are home to a diverse array of reptiles and amphibians. This workshop will introduce participants to the life history, identification, and conservation of our local snakes, lizards, salamanders, toads, frogs, and newts. Saturday will be spent in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, alternating lectures on natural history and global biodiversity of amphibians with lab activities using the resources of the research museum. Participants will learn how to use online resources such as AmphibiaWeb and mobile apps to identify species and track and share their sightings. On Sunday, we will put into practice our newfound knowledge and head to the field (location to be announced). This field excursion will provide an excellent opportunity to see a variety of habitats, while we observe and record our native species of frogs, salamanders, lizards, and snakes. Be prepared for possible wet conditions (the preferred environment for our subjects of interest!).
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