Reptile & Amphibian Survey Techniques Workshop


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Reptile & Amphibian Survey Techniques Workshop

Co-hosted by: 

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC), and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI)

April 16-18, 2024 in Cherokee, North Carolina

Through a partnership between the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a Reptile & Amphibian Field Survey Techniques Workshop will be held April 16-18, 2024, travel days being April 15th & 19th. This workshop will be held at Painttown Gym and Community Centre in Cherokee, NC. This three-day training will address a variety of topics including: training on different sampling methods (Traps, Drone, Acoustic, and eDNA), project analysis and design, proper handling, invasive vs, non-invasive management, and data processing. The training will be a combination of classroom and field applications. The final day will be a full day in the field as attendees participate in a Herp Blitz, putting the different sampling methods they have learned throughout the week into practice.


Course Registration:

NAFWS members or Member Tribes: There will be no registration costs for NAFWS members or member Tribes.

NAFWS Non-member: If you are not a member or from a non-member Tribe, the cost of this course is $150.

This workshop will be capped at 25 participants. The first ten participants will receive free lodging.

Please limit registration to two representatives per Tribe or Tribal Organization.


DRAFT agenda:

Day 1:

  • Introductions
  • Inventory vs. Monitoring Discussions
    • Identification of important species: Rare/Culturally
    • Invasive vs. Non-invasive Techniques
  • Training on Survey Methods Including:
    • Traps
    • Drone
    • Acoustic
    • Marking
  • Camera Trap Set Up

Day 2:

  • -River ½ Day (Hellbender Sampling)
    • eDNA Training
    • Backup Weather Plan: Salamander Survey
  •  Data Processing
    • ID Tips/Tricks
    • Basics of Modeling
      • Population Assessments

Day 3:

  • Herp Blitz
    • We will be in the field all day with experts practicing the different techniques we have learned throughout the week!

Please bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Waders if you have them.
  • Swim trunks for potential River Day
  • Hiking Shoes

Please be prepared to be muddy, dirty, or wet.


Location:  Painttown Gym and Community Centre 10 Old Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719.

Lodging: Lodging will be provided for the first ten participants at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

Transportation: Eastern Band of Cherokee will provide transportation for all registered attendees for workshop activities. Transportation to/from the training and lodging site, to be arranged by the participant.

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Event Details

Start date: April 16, 2024

End date: April 18, 2024

Start time: 08:00 PDT

End time: 17:00 PDT

Venue: Cherokee, North Carolina

Email: [email protected]

In Recognition of Their Support

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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