Natural History Workshop: Diseases of Vernal Pools

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • U.S. Geological Survey Fish Health Center, Leetown Science Center, 11649 Leetown Road, Kearneysville, WB 25430
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What: Natural History Workshop: Diseases of Vernal Pools

Where: U.S. Geological Survey Fish Health Center, Leetown Science Center, 11649 Leetown Road, Kearneysville, WV 25430

When: Saturday, February 10 (snow date of February 17)

Time: 9 am - 12 noon

Cost: $15 for PVAS members, $20 for general public

Instructor: Kevin Oxenrider, WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist 

PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society for Kevin Oxenrider's Natural History Workshop on Diseases of Vernal Pools. 

The focus for this class will be on the need for Citizen Science involvement to survey vernal pools in order to identify the extent of Ranavirus throughout West Virginia.  Kevin will outline the goals, needs, and methods for this project which include developing a statewide database of wood frog and spotted salamander vernal pool and breeding pond locations and other wetland areas in WV that have breeding populations of spotted salamanders and wood frogs.  This disease survey and monitoring effort will heavily rely on Master Naturalists and other citizens to cover local areas in the state. 

Join us to learn more about this important WVDNR Citizen Science project. This is a great opportunity for Master Naturalists to provide meaningful service to improve WVDNR ability to implement this amphibian and reptile disease surveillance project.  This three hour natural history elective will include a basic introduction to vernal pools with a visit to observe a local vernal pool. 

Kevin is the WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist in District 2, Romney, and also serves as the statewide Amphibian and Reptile Program Leader.  Kevin is currently implementing a (WVDNR) project that is intended to assess the extent of Ranavirus and other amphibian diseases throughout WV.    

This workshop will take place on Saturday, February 10th at the U.S. Geological Survey Fish Health Center.

Coming from Shepherdstown on Leetown Road, you will pass the USDA facility on the right and then see two older stone/wood buildings. The Science Center is on the left hand side. You can park in designated parking spaces at the front and side of the building and come in the front door - the conference room is on the left.

This workshop is open to the public however registration is required. 

Please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

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