Thanks to all who attended the 3rd EuryceAlliance meeting on June 6, 2014! The meeting was a great success with record attendance of 38 scientists from agencies around the state of Texas and great talks about Eurycea research! Click here to download the meeting program and abstracts.
EuryceAlliance 2014 Meeting Attendees at Art.Science.Gallery.! Part of the 2014 Year of the Salamander partner activities with Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC).
Please save-the-date for the 3rd meeting of the EuryceAlliance on Friday June 6, 2014. The meeting will be held at Art.Science.Gallery.(916 Springdale Rd, Building 2, #102, Austin, TX 78702) and coincides with an art exhibition about salamanders for Partners In Amphibian + Reptile Conservation (PARC)’s 2014 Year of the Salamander.
Please stay tuned for registration details and call for papers. You may direct questions to Dr. Hayley Gillespie at eurycealliance [at ] gmail [dot] com.
NOTE: this post has been revised to reflect the rescheduled meeting date of June 6, 2014
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
The Call for Papers and Registration Form are now open for the 2nd meeting of the EuryceAlliance, to be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Texas State University — San Marcos. Please visit http://bit.ly/EuryceAlliance2012 to register and submit your abstract. We welcome abstract submissions from anyone interested in presenting on scientific research and/or natural history observations of the Texas Eurycea salamanders. There is no deadline for registration (though please try to do so as soon as possible), and we request that you please submit your abstracts by Friday, May 11, 2012. Please contact Hayley Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in assisting with meeting preparations or have ideas for this summer’s meeting.
Click the title to read the article, “TPWD deciding what to do with Pipe Creek property”, which appeared in the Bandera Bulletin on February 10, 2012. The article discusses surveys done by Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists surveying the 3K’s Ranch in Kendall and Bandera Counties along State Highway 46 between Pipe Creek and Boerne that discovered Texas Salamanders (Eurycea sp., I presume) in the springs.
Here’s a link to a recent article in The Bandera Bulletin by James Henry Frazar about recent bird surveys at The Nature Conservancy’s Love Creek Preserve in North Bandera County. Eurycea salamanders are also present on the preserve, and get a mention near the end of the article: