Sacramento and NARBC Arlington recaps!
Sacramento Reptile Show Recap
 
The 19th annual Sacramento Reptile Show had a line still buying tickets with just an hour of the show left both days. Dozens of herp educational exhibits, vendors from several states, and a dazzling amount of captive-bred animals were just a few of the things welcoming those in attendance.

USARK appreciates the premier booth space and location which allowed us the best opportunity to spread awareness. Thanks again for your support, Jeremy and the Sacramento team.

Thanks to the 
Southern California Herpetology Association and Rescue (SCHAR) who brought reptiles to teach attendees about appropriate pets, proper husbandry and many other things herp-related. Shawna, Kendyl and Tado did an incredible job educating the attendees as soon as they entered the show. Often, we had dozens of people at the booth waiting to learn about the animals.

Thank you to all donors who contributed to the Saturday night auction! Without your support, USARK's fight against anti-herp legislation is not possible.

We must also say thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the booth, collected auction donations, set up the auction, and more. This is a team effort and is not possible without them.

Volunteers: Shawna, Kendyl, Tado, Lupe, Carlos, Katy, Scotty, Meg, Justine, Edgar, Carla

NARBC Arlington Recap
 
NARBC brought another great show to Texas! USARK sends another huge thanks to Bob, Brian and the NARBC Crew for their continued support. NARBC continues to provide the largest fundraisers and widest audience for USARK.

Thank you to all donors who made the Saturday night auction possible! USARK cannot be successful without your donations and support. We appreciate those who contribute as these fundraisers allow USARK to continue the battle against anti-pet groups and anti-herp legislation.

We must also say thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the booth. Special thanks to Chris Woodard, who ran the booth on this double show weekend. The USARK booth saw some new volunteers who helped greatly, too! This is a team effort and is not possible without them. 

Volunteers: Chris Woodard, Amanda Fielder, Mariah Gobin, Brittany Bradford, Kristin, Gillian Luszik, 
Dan Hoke

Midwest Herpetological Conference
September 30 - October 2

 
Save This Weekend! The Chicago Herpetological Society is proud to host the Midwest Herpetological Conference for the fourth time. We are especially proud because this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the CHS.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Jonathan Campbell, chair of the Biology Department at the University of Texas at Arlington; Dr. Dale Denardo, 
environmental physiologist at Arizona State University; Andrew & Sarah Gilpin, world travelers and passionate herp photographers; Dr. Bree Putman, postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA; Roger Repp, independent researcher and columnist for the CHS Bulletin; Dr. David Steen,wildlife ecologist at Auburn University.

Registration:

The registration fee will include the Friday evening ice-breaker and the Saturday evening banquet / auction. Online registration can be done at 
www.chicagoherp.org/index.php?link=midwestconf16.

Location:

Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle IL 60532, (630) 505-0900. We have arranged for a special group rate of $111 per night. To receive this rate please mention the group code: CCHS. Reserve by calling 630-505-0900 or online at 
www.hiltonlislenaperville.com. The last day to book a room, to guarantee group rate and availability is Friday, September 9.

Banquet and auction:

The banquet will take place on Saturday evening, followed by a speaker and an auction of herp-related items (inanimate items only). Attendees are urged to donate items to be auctioned.

Agenda:

A registration table will open at 5:00 P.M. on Friday evening and will continue throughout the ice-breaker, which will begin at 6:00 P.M. The registration table will also be open Saturday morning. The speakers will commence at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday. Sunday morning activities are still in the planning stage; details will be posted online.
  • Herp societies are encouraged to bring membership info, newsletters, etc. for display.
  • Table space will be provided on an as-available basis to purveyors of herp-related items such as books, shirts and cages. All we ask is that you: 1) make a donation to the auction, and 2) reserve space with us in advance.
  • If you have any questions, email MikeDloogatch @ mdloogatch@chicagoherp.org
ALERT: Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2016 (“IFWP”)
 
The IFWP has been introduced again as two bills: H.R. 5895 by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and S. 3278 by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY). These bills are similar to legislation introduced in previous congresses (i.e. H.R. 996 in 2013). Among other things, they streamline the process for injurious listings under the Lacey Act, and create new mechanisms for animal rights groups to utilize for advancing their agenda of removing all animals from our lives. The IFWP represents a flawed approach to invasive species issues.

Get all the details, bill text, analysis and more at
 www.usark.org/2016-blog/invasive-fish-and-wildlife-prevention-act-of-2016/.
The Path Forward: USARK on salamanders and Bsal

USARK discusses the problems created by an injurious listing for 201 salamander species and how the Bsal issue should be handled moving forward. While this article discusses salamanders, the broader picture can certainly be applied to other species. Find the article in issue #20 of Herp Nation magazine.

Link #1: Direct link to our article:
 http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851#{"issue_id":301851,"page":36}

Link #2: For Issue #20 from the beginning: http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851

CITES Proposals

Several herp, fish and bird species found in trade will be proposed for listing or appendices movement at the 17th Conference of the Parties held by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ("CITES"). CITES is an international agreement among governments with a goal to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. While CITES seeks to protect and manage wild populations of animals, listings have implications for captive-bred animals, too. 
 

Find A Vet

 

Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV provides a free Find-A-Vet service at http://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661.

 

Important Reminder
Injurious Wildlife Legalities
 

This is an important reminder to all herpers regarding species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act, especially those attending and vending reptile shows across state lines. Keep it legal!

REMEMBER: Species listed as injurious cannot be imported into the U.S. or transported across state lines, according to the current interpretation of the Lacey Act by FWS. Not only does this include nine species of constrictor snakes, but now also includes 201 species of salamanders per the interim rule effective as of January 28, 2016 (see "Salamander Injurious Listing" section below for full details).

USARK and the Reptile Nation await a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the court awarded injunctive relief removing the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of two species of snakes listed as injurious. Last summer, the Court ruled in favor of USARK, granting our members injunctive relief. FWS has filed an appeal on this decision in an attempt to overturn the preliminary injunction.

NOTE: You also cannot sell a listed species with knowledge there will be a violation as this could lead to accessory or conspiracy charges.

We encourage all show promoters to remind their vendors before each show of these regulations. The information should also be available for all attendees.

A sample responsible buyer agreement verifying that buyers are knowledgeable of all city, county, state and federal laws can be downloaded at www.usark.org/library/sample-responsible-buyer-agreement.

All species listed as injurious are illegal to transport across state lines unless you meet one of the two qualifications below:

1. For reticulated pythons and green anacondas ONLY: Transportation and shipment across state lines are legal if you have received your membership verification letter from USARK. Every time you personally transport these TWO species across state lines, you should have a printed copy of this letter on your person and easily accessible should an FWS agent request to see it.

You can find all the details on this verification letter and court ruling at www.usark.org/2015-blog/7182/. Injunctive relief only applies to those USARK members who were current on or before April 8, 2015. Even with this letter, there may be other prohibitions, such as no shipments into Texas or Florida. See link for full details.

2. Interstate transportation is legal if you have received a permit from FWS allowing movement for bona fide research, education, etc. That permit can be found at www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf.

Herp species that are listed as injurious:

  1. Reticulated python 
  2. Green anaconda 
  3. Burmese python
  4. Indian python
  5. Northern rock python
  6. Southern rock python
  7. Yellow anaconda
  8. DeSchauensee’s anaconda
  9. Beni anaconda
  10. 201 species of salamanders: List at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/List-of-Salamander-Species.pdf.
  11. Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
As always, part of being a responsible member of the herpetocultural community includes knowing any city, county, state and federal laws applicable to the species you keep or sell. This includes knowing the laws in places you travel to, and through, for shows.
 

Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund
 

Information for making donations online and via check/money order can be found at www.usark.org/reptile-defense-fund-2/. You can make one-time, weekly, monthly or annual donations. You can also include a message that will be posted on the Legal Defense Fund Donor Wall at www.usark.org/usark-announcement/reptile-defense-donor-wall/ for all to see. You can even choose to make your donation or donation amount anonymous. Thanks for your support as we battle FWS to restore the freedoms of the Reptile Nation.
 
Reptile Events
 
Georgia Reptile Experience: October 22 in Atlanta, GA. Event details at www.gareptilesociety.org/experience and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gareptileexperience .

Tri-State Reptile Expo: October 22-23 in Amarillo, TX. Show details at www.tristatereptileexpo.com.

NARBC Tinley Park: October 15-16 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 23 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

NARBC Pasadena: November 5-6 in Pasadena, CA. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 12-13 in Tracy, CA. Show details at www.facebook.com/TRACY-Reptile-EXPO-440367659415673.

Reptile Super Show: Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.
 
National Reptile Breeders' Expo: Daytona, FL. Details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

Western Maryland Reptile Show: Frederick, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/western-maryland-reptile-show/.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: New Orleans, LA. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

American Reef and Reptile Expos: Show details at www.facebook.com/americanreefreptileexpo.

Cold Blooded Expo: Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

All Ohio Reptile Show: Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com.

All Cleveland Reptile Show: Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: Clarksville, IN. More details at www.facebook.com/IRBExpo.

Snake Days: Sanderson, TX. Details at www.snakedays.com.

Croc Fest Crocodile Conservation Fundraiser: Event details at www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles.

Cin City Reptile Show: Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

Cold Blooded Expo: Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

New England Reptile Expo: Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

Midwest Reptile Show: Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New York Metro Reptile Show: White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Repticon: Show details at www.repticon.com.

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at www.getreptiles.com and www.facebook.com/events/591811610945614/.

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at www.phxreptileexpo.com and www.facebook.com/PhoenixReptileExpo.

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at 
www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at www.armadilloreptileexpos.com/austin-reptile-show.html.
 
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at www.sewerfest.com.

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: in Hillsboro, OR. Details at www.pacnwrs.com and www.facebook.com/Pacific-Northwest-Reptile-and-Exotic-Animal-Show-533662919993443.

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show! Details at www.chicagoherp.wix.com/reptilefest.

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days: in Austin Texas. Event details at www.lonestarrattlesnakedays.org.

Reptile Breeders Show: in Lodi, CA. Show details at www.thereptilebreedersshow.com.

Big Sky Reptile Expos:
Show details at
www.facebook.com/bigskyreptileexpos.

International Herpetological Symposium: Show details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com.

Konza Reptile Expo: Manhattan, KS. Show details at www.konzaexpo.com.

CrocFest Canada: 
Toronto. Details at
www.crocfest.ca.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo:
 Amherst, NY. Show details at
www.buffaloreptileexpo.com.
 
NARBC Arlington: in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Sacramento Reptile Show: in Sacramento, CA. Show details at www.sacreptileshow.com.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.facebook.com/Nebraska-Reptile-Breeders-Expo-201168596616327.

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