We received a H.E.R.P. Data Request from the Nevada Dept Of Wildlife. http://www.naherp.com/user/view-data-re ... p?dr_id=77
This is really exciting.
Please make sure to vote in the coming up week on releasing your records to them, and let me know if you have any questions. This is going to be ongoing with them, so lets do it right.
Thank you for all those that participate.
The details are below.
H.E.R.P. Board Member
NAFHA California Chapter President.
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) would like to request all of the records within Nevada that have coordinate location data, including vouchered and unvouchered records.
Good afternoon Mr. Hinds, NAFHA members, and HERP database owners/curators,
I’m the herpetologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). As part of ongoing wildlife management efforts in the state of Nevada, NDOW developed a Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) to assess the health of the state’s wildlife and habitats, identify problems they face, and outline actions needed to conserve them for future generations to appreciate. WAPs identify focal species in need of protection or those that lack information pertaining to their general ecology (distribution and abundance); these species are referred to as Species of Conservation Priority (SOCP). NDOW is requesting observation records from the H.E.R.P. database to augment the state’s current database of known distribution of herpetofauna. Being the seventh largest state, Nevada is a sparsely populated, with the herpetofauna being poorly understood in many locations. The data in H.E.R.P. has the potential to augment the our distribution of SOCP as well as many other herps. Nevada consists of two major deserts or ecoregions: the Mojave Desert in the southern portion of the state and Great Basin Desert in the northern portion of the state. Many areas of contact/convergence form as species known to occur in the Mojave Desert are found in low elevations throughout the western portion of the state’s Great Basin Desert and similarly species known to occur in the Great Basin persist at higher elevations into the Mojave Desert, especially in isolated “sky island” mountain ranges.
Of particular interest are Nevada’s SOCP, which include the following species: turtles - Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and western pond turtle (Actinemys mammorata); lizards - Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis), chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater), long-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia wislizenii), Great Basin collard lizard (Crotophytus bicinctores), long-tailed brush lizard (Urosaurus graciosus), desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), greater short horned lizard (P. hernandesi), pygmy short horned lizard (P. douglasii), western banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus), Gilbert’s skink (Plestiodon gilberti), Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina), northern alligator lizard (E. coerulea), desert night lizard (Xantusia vigilis); snakes - rubber boa (Charina bottae), rosy boa (Lichanura trivigata), western shovel-nosed snake (Chionactis occipitalis), ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus), Smith’s black-headed snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi), Sonoran mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana), spotted leaf-nosed snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus), western blind snake (Rena humilis), sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes); amphibians – Arizona toad (Anaxyrus microscaphus), Great Plains toad (Anaxyrus cognatus), Columbia spotted frog (Rana luteiventris), leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens), relict leopard frog (Lithobates onca), mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana sierra), and boreal (western) toad (Anaxyrus boreas).
The aforementioned species are of highest conservation concern, however all herpetofauna records (SOCP or otherwise) for the State of Nevada are being requested at this time. As of 21 February 2016 approximately 3200 H.E.R.P. observations occur in the State of Nevada, with nearly 3000 including voucher photographs. We believe these records would be a great addition to our collective knowledge of the herp wildlife in the State of Nevada. These observations will greatly contribute to future computer modeling efforts, aide in the development of wildlife management strategies, and contribute to long-term conservation planning.
Every other year we will make a new request for new records from Nevada.
I understand the sensitive nature of occurrence (location) data in this request, therefore access to location data will be restricted to NDOW employees and partnering agencies (U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Individual coordinates/location data will not be open to access by the public. Only data that is summarized in anonymous form (such as GIS overlays or general range maps) will be eventually be viewable by the public.
Jason L. Jones
Wildlife Diversity Division
Nevada Department of Wildlife