Are you at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver?

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Are you at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver?

Post by Warren » August 8th, 2012, 5:59 pm

Day 1 @ WCH 7: I just arrived, and I'm wondering which forum members are here.
The sun is shining!

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Re: Are you at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouve

Post by Warren » August 8th, 2012, 8:54 pm

In the opening speech Harry Greene promoted the Rise Against Rattlesnake Roundups organization. In front of the entire herpetological academic world!

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Post by Warren » August 9th, 2012, 12:19 pm

Day 2 @ WCH 7: AMAZING TED-style talk by Tyrone Hayes.

Here he is giving an actual TED talk, but with a partner:


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Post by gbin » August 9th, 2012, 1:10 pm

I wish! Vancouver just may be my favorite city, and it sounds like a great meeting!

Tyrone Hayes is a real hero in the scientific world. I mean, to the point where someone should make a movie about him and his story. We need more such.
(Not that Harry Greene is a slouch! ;) )

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Post by Warren » August 9th, 2012, 3:34 pm

View of my hotel. Just watched Burbrink and Grismer, then walked 100 m to a path through temperate rainforest, then into a rose garden. It is so beautiful here!!!

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View from the front step of my hotel:

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This area is developed, but 100 m to the left the land slopes down to the water, punctuated by gardens and beautiful trees.

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Re: Are you at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouve

Post by DaneConley » August 9th, 2012, 6:16 pm

I was in Vancouver about 2 weeks ago. Its a really cool city. I really wish I was able to go to the meeting.

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Post by MaartenSFS » August 9th, 2012, 6:59 pm

The only problem with Vancouver, though, is that I don't live there. :cry:

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Post by Warren » August 10th, 2012, 4:52 am

Day 3 @ WCH 7: Went herping last night with a local biologist and found adults and tadpoles of Tailed Frogs:

"The Tailed Frog retains more primitive characteristics than any other living frog and is the only member of the family Ascaphidae; its closest relatives reside in New Zealand. With a life span of 15 to 20 years, the Tailed Frog is one of the world’s longest lived frogs. It also has the longest larval (tadpole) phase and takes longer to reach sexual maturity than any other North American frog. The age at which it begins breeding – 8 or 9 years – is roughly twice that of other species."

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Post by Scott Waters » August 10th, 2012, 10:24 am

Herp Nation is there. Stop by and say hello to Jeremiah.

Have fun. Wish I could have attended!

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Re: Are you at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouve

Post by Chris Smith » August 10th, 2012, 2:26 pm

Keep us all posted! I wish I could of made it this year but wasn't in the cards (or the budget).

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Post by Warren » August 10th, 2012, 5:56 pm

I took a walk around the exhibitor area and ran into Jeremiah Easter at the Herp Nation magazine booth. This was my first time seeing the magazine, and it is amazing!
Thick, glossy pages, beautiful photos, and almost no commercials. I recognized most of the authors, and it was like holding FHF in my hand! Jeremiah was super friendly and answered all my questions.
Herp Nation is not just the only field herping magazine in the world - it's almost a work of art!

I also visited another booth with a solution for amphibian roadkill. They claimed that, at least in one national park, salamanders would not use metal culverts to cross under roads. Check out their products! They're listed under the "Products" tab.

I had a nice chat with Leslie Anthony (the author of "Snakebit"), and I keep running into forum members, famous biologists, and all-around cool people. I'm loving the World Herp Congress in Vancouver!

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Post by ksuglennj » August 11th, 2012, 11:48 am

Count me in as being here. It's been a great meeting so far. Looking forward to getting out a bit after things are done.

Glenn

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Post by ahockenberry » August 11th, 2012, 1:36 pm

Warren
Thanks for sharing - great stuff !

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Post by Warren » August 11th, 2012, 2:29 pm

Day 4 @ WCH 7: Just watched Gil Wizen give a great talk about the beetle that eats frogs:

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Watched Jesus Rivas talk about anacondas:

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And watched Jonathan Losos from Harvard talk about the Horned Anole:

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(Photo by Luke Mahler)

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Post by joeysgreen » August 18th, 2012, 1:38 pm

Hey Warren, I wish I had seen this when I was there. Didn't have internet access. I didn't have much opportunity to look for tailed frogs, but when I did, I wasn't as lucky. What I did find were plenty of long-toe salamanders, redbacks, and northwestern salamanders (larvae only). Only one herp on the trip, a valley gartersnake. Even passed through the Okanagan on the way home and still only found more longtoes (yes, in the desert, during a heatwave), and a lifer pacific treefrog.

I got to know Jeremiah pretty well; dude, you're an all-round swell guy :) Couldn't win at volleyball worth a darn though!!
Lots of intense and informative talks; and met many of my unofficial mentors and got them to sign my text books and field guides.

Now I have four years to save up for a trip to the 8th meeting in China; here's to wishing :beer:

Ian

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Post by Robert Hansen » August 18th, 2012, 9:58 pm

A number of WCH pics have been posted on the Herp Review Facebook page, FYI.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herp-Rev ... 4018791286

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Post by Kyle from Carolina » August 22nd, 2012, 8:32 pm

Warren,
This is a somewhat late and unrelated reply to your post but I noticed that you as well as joeysgreen are located in the central Alberta area. As someone who just moved to Edmonton from North Carolina, it's nice to see other herpers this far north. Got any interesting pics/finds from Western Canada this year?

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Post by joeysgreen » August 22nd, 2012, 8:56 pm

ah, you moved to Edmonton from Carolina? You poor herp'n soul! I'd be happy to show you around for what we do have :) You just missed the ERAS meeting last night, perhaps we'll see you next month?

I'll make a western Canada post at a later date this year; photobucket is frozen at the moment but I had a C.viridis to share. Another time :?

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Post by Warren » August 27th, 2012, 1:35 pm

Day 5 @ WCH 7: watched the beautiful Rachunliu Kamei talk about the new caecilian family she helped discover in India:

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Watched Dante Fenolio talk about saving frogs in Chile:

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And watched Blair Hedges talk about CaribHerp:

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Post by Warren » August 27th, 2012, 1:54 pm

Day 6 @ WCH 7: had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Beaty museum on the conference grounds and viewed the blue whale skeleton:

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(Photo by Szymek S on flickr)


Watched Sarig Gafny talk about the rediscovery of the extinct Hula Painted Frog:

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And watched Rulon Clark talk about rattlesnake psychology using robotic squirrels:

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It's been a great week in Vancouver!

Warren

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