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EuryceAlliance4 | December 12, 2016

EuryceAlliance 2016 Meeting

Call for Abstracts and RSVP

            The Call for Papers is now open for the 4th meeting of the EuryceAlliance, to be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, TX. We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations from anyone interested in presenting scientific research and/or natural history observations of the Texas Eurycea salamanders. Please keep abstracts to 250 words or less and include authors and affiliations. If you plan to attend please RSVP (and submit your abstract if presenting) by December 6th to Caitlin Gabor gabor@txstate.edu.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016 from 9 – 4pm

Location: Art.Science.Gallery., 916 Springdale Rd, Building 2, #102, Austin, TX 78702

Registration ($15 regular / $10 student): https://eurycealliance4.eventbrite.com

Meeting Organizers:  Dr. Caitlin Gabor (gabor@txstate.edu; main contact) & Dr. Hayley Gillespie

Additional Information:

Please arrive by 9am. There is a coffee shop on-site where you can get coffee and breakfast before the meeting, and you may bring it into the gallery if you wish. Lunch is provided.

DIRECTIONS:
The meeting is at Art.Science.Gallery. which is inside the Canopy office park/complex at 916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702. There is plenty of free parking. The gallery is located at the center of the complex, in Building 2 #102 directly across from the coffee shop.

From I-35 South: exit Cesar Chavez or E 7th Street. Turn left on Springdale Rd, then turn left in to the Canopy building parking lot.

From I-35 North: exit Airport/38th Street and turn left on Airport Blvd. Turn Right on Springdale Rd, then right into the Canopy building parking lot. (you can also exit E 7th and turn Left on E 7th then left on Springdale Rd., but if you’re coming from North Austin or Georgetown, Airport avoids downtown traffic).

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Aquatic center to get new funding source

New article about Texas Eurycea in the San Antonio Express-News by Drew Joseph.

http://lubbockonline.com/texas/2013-12-09/aquatic-center-get-new-funding-source#.UqYrUmRDva0

Travis County commissioners asked to back staff recommendation to list salamanders as endangered

This article was published today in The Austin American-Statesman by staff reporter Farzad MashhoodTravis County commissioners asked to back staff recommendation to list salamanders as endangered

 

USFWS Proposed Rule for four central Texas Eurycea: endangered

The proposed rule by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to list four species of central Texas Eurycea salamanders as endangered was published today in the Federal Register (Vol 77, No. 163). This includes the Jollyville Plateau Salamander (Eurycea tonkawae), the Austin Blind Salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis), the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia) and the Salado Salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis).

Two public informational meetings and public hearings are scheduled about the ruling:

September 5, 2012,  Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock, 1209 N. IH 35 North, Exit 253 at Hwy 79, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

September 6, 2012,  Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Room 2.102, Austin, Texas 78705.

The 60-day public comment period is now open. You may submit written comments to the USFWS by one of the following methods:

(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2012–0035. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!’’
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2012–
0035; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

You may read the entire ruling, including a review of scientific information about these species in the Federal Register by clicking here.

Scientists from the EuryceAlliance are happy to serve as a resource for scientific information about the biology, evolution and ecology of any Texas Eurycea salamander species for the public, the media and policymakers. Please contact Dr. Hayley Gillespie at eurycealliance@gmail.com with your requests.

This week’s Austin Chronicle features history of Save Our Springs

Did you know that the specific name of the Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) is derived from the acronym SOS for Save Our Springs?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Save Our Springs ordinance, which was a “a voter-driven initiative to protect Barton Springs against unrestricted development in the Barton Creek watershed” (to quote Amy Smith’s Chronicle article today). The Austin Chronicle has produced a series of articles and timelines about the history of the SOS movement in Austin in this week’s issue. 

Texas representative announces an ammendment to an appropriations bill that would block federal funding for Texas salamanders if listed.

A suite of local news articles this week have covered press releases and a press conference by U.S. Representative John Carter (R-Round Rock, TX) about his plans to file a bill (an amendment to the FY 2013 Interior-Environment Appropriations Funding Bill) that would block federal funding for four Texas Eurycea species if they are listed as endangered. Congressman Carter currently serves on the house appropriations committee (along with fellow representatives from Texas Kay Granger R-Fort Worth and John Abney Culberson R-Houston) and plans to introduce this legislation to the committee this week. Note that no scientists who are familiar with the biology and research on these salamander species were interviewed in any of these news pieces, despite numerous claims about the state and quality of “the science” made by many of those interviewed.

Carter announces federal legislation against salamander listing | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 18, 2012

Lizard decision gives Williamson County officials hope on salamanders | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 17, 2012

Salamanders may be off endangered list: bill blocks listing it as endangered species | KXAN

Legislation proposed to keep salamanders off endangered list | KVUE

Rep Carter announces legislation to stall listing of salamanders as endangered | Impact News by Samantha Bryant

Aquarena Springs Makes Way For Restoration of Spring Lake

Click the link below to read Steve Campbells’ article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram entitled, “Aquarena Springs makes way for restoration of Spring Lake“. The article includes a photo slideshow of the Aquarena Center.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/16/3965418/aquarena-springs-makes-way-for.html#tvg

Living Springs, an interactive documentary on Barton Springs, previews March 14, 2012

Produced by Austin-based filmmaker Karen Kocher, Living Springs will present the history, science and culture of Barton Springs from many different perspectives. Using a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, poets and preachers who share their stories, their passions, and hopes for Austin’s most beloved natural resource. When complete, this is an interactive documentary will be available on-line and as an exhibit at the Beverly Sheffield Education Center at Barton Springs. Learn more at www.facebook.com/livingspringsaustin.

Preview on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. outside the main gate of Barton Springs Pool, Austin, TX.

Click here to view a preview on Vimeo. 

Group forms to represent landowners in potential salamander listing

Click the title to read the article, “Group forms to represent landowners in potential salamander listing” which appeared in Community Impact News on March 9, 2012 by Samantha Bryant.

San Marcos Salamander soon to be raised at National Fish Hatchery in Uvalde, TX

Click here to read the article, “Endangered fish species find haven at hatchery,” by John MacCormack that appeared on MySanAntonio.com on Friday, March 9, 2012. The article discusses plans for the National Fish Hatchery at Uvalde, TX to begin captive breeding of Eurycea nana, the San Marcos Salamander, among other endangered aquatic species.