From February 21st-23rd 2011 the staff from FVC attended a workshop on Herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) and their mortality on roads, in Nanaimo BC. The Ministry of Environment, BC Frogwatch, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Northwest chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, the Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds, and the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University co-hosted the two-day workshop on Herps and Roads. The workshop brought scientists, environmental managers, engineers and non-governmental organizations together to discuss the impacts of vehicular mortality on herpetofauna while migrating across roads and mitigative measures that can be used to reduce those impacts. The two-day workshop included world renowned plenary speaker, Miklós Puky, who specializes in herpetofauna and road ecology in Europe. The workshop also featured invited speakers and poster presentations focused on case studies in Canada and the USA. Through the connections made and the resources collected, we have a better understanding of how to implement mitigation measures for our local populations of herpetofauna, especially for our study site in Ryder Lake.
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