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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Herpetofauna Surveys on Three Public Properties in Chickasaw County, Iowa

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AUTHORS: KC Cantin, PDB Skrade, Ph.D., Upper Iowa University

ABSTRACT: Amphibians and reptiles are on a steep decline globally, including species that inhabit the midwestern United States. In Iowa, habitat loss is one of the main causes for this decline, due to deforestation and drainage of wetlands for agricultural purposes. Chickasaw County is a prime example of this, with over 90% of acreage in crop production. Remaining suitable habitat often falls under private ownership; however, small parcels are managed by the state and county for wildlife. We are surveying three of these public properties for herpetofauna in the fall of 2017 using coverboards and visual encounter surveys and examining relationships between property size, available habitat and water quality. Initial surveys have already yielded four species of amphibians and five species of reptiles, including two state species of conservation concern: Storeria occipitomaculata (Redbelly Snake) and Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis (Central Newt). Habitat and environmental data collection and spatial analysis will be conducted over the winter and spring along with call surveys.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer

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