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Symposia and Workshops

Declining Amphibians in California

a workshop on key conservation issues presented by leading herpetologists

March 13, 1998 -- 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The San Diego Natural History Museum announces its second workshop/seminar on issues affecting California's declining amphibians. The workshop will cover the Arroyo Toad, native frogs, and salamanders. It will address the ecological forces relevant to these animals' conservation, efforts to conserve them on both public and private land, and behavior patterns and techniques relevant to surveying for them. A reception immediately following the seminar will give ample opportunity for questions and answers.

The Museum is proud to announce that Dr. David Wake, pioneer researcher and leading authority on the question of amphibian decline worldwide, is our keynote speaker, applying his expertise in a southern California perspective. Because of Dr. Wake's speaking, we expect a large turnout--space is limited--please reserve early.


David B. Wake, Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
James Rorabaugh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2
Amy Lind, U.S. Forest Service, Redwoods Research Center
William E. Haas, Varanus Biological Services
Lowell Diller, Simpson Timber Company
Brian Sullivan, Arizona State University West
Mike Sredl, Arizona Department of Game and Fish


  • Salamanders of Southern California: Identification, Taxonomy, and Ecology
  • Salamander Conservation: An Agency Perspective
  • Salamander Conservation: A Private Perspective
  • Amphibians of the Sonoran Desert, with Special Reference to the Rana pipiens complex
  • Arroyo Toad (Bufo californicus) Activity Cycles and Habitat Use in Southern California
  • Southwestern Toad (Bufo microscaphus): Ecology, Range, Taxonomy and Status
  • Cooperative Efforts to Preserve Sensitive Amphibian Species on Large Tracts of Land

If you need further information, please call Philip Unitt at (619) 232-2821 ext. 235 or Sally Shelton at ext. 226, or send email to Please copy or forward this information to other interested biologists, or call us with their names and addresses. We look forward to seeing you on 13 March.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is part of the Balboa Park museum community. It was established by the San Diego Society of Natural History, which was founded in 1874. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The San Diego Natural History Museum is dedicated to providing biological and geological expertise and education for southern California and Baja California.

The SDNHM herpetology collection includes holdings of 68,000 reptile and amphibian specimens, including 66 primary and secondary types. The most important part of the collection is the range of over 8000 rattlesnakes collected by Laurence Klauber, whose notes and library are also housed at the Museum.

The SDNHM collections are part of the museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, which supports the San Diego Natural History Museum's mission by providing the scientific foundation for its operations and programs. The BRCC seeks to fulfill this mission through the discovery, description, and understanding of the natural environment of the museum's region and how that region is integrated with the wider world.


Amphibian and Reptile Workshop
San Diego Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 1390
San Diego, CA 92112 USA
phone (619) 232-3821, x235 or 226
fax: (619) 232-0248