The class “Knowledge and Tools for Monitoring Amphibian Populations” intends to familiarize its participants in the techniques and tools of monitoring amphibian populations; participants will learn to identify species present in Spain in all of their stages of development, gain knowledge about phenology, handling, and about challenges in conservation.
The class is sponsored by the Autonomous National Parks Agency and will take place from the 18th to 20th of April in the National Center for Environmental Education (CENEAM) at Montes de Valsaín (Segovia).
This training activity is part of the National Parks Network development program and is intended for the Autonomous National Parks Agency’s official personnel and contract staff, their farms and centers, as well as the National Parks belonging to the Network. The class will be of has special interest for the technicians who launch programs for amphibian monitoring in the protected areas where they work.
As we have mentioned, last summer a seminar was held, also in CENEAM, about amphibian monitoring in the National Parks Network. That seminar revealed the lack of monitoring programs in most of Spain’s national parks, but also the willingness of their managers to begin to develop and ensure the conservation of these animals.
In the upcoming class, Dr. Jaime Bosch will teach several sessions on sampling methodologies and speak about the monitoring program of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. D. Enrique Ayllón, from the Spanish Herpetological Association, will speak about the SARE program, and about how to differentiate Spain’s amphibian species in all of their stages of development. Our colleague from the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Dr. Luis M Carrascal, will be responsible for topics on analysis of data collected in the monitoring efforts. Marisol Redondo, area conservation technician for the Montes Valsaín center and in charge of its amphibian monitoring program, will do a practical demonstration of a sampling at night. Finally, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Threatened Amphibians Breeding Center of Sierra de Guadarrama, where they will learn a few amphibian marking techniques, and take part in a practical exercise in designing the monitoring system for the protected area where they work.
We hope that the class participants will return to their parks full of enthusiasm, and with all of the knowledge necessary to launch their own monitoring programs!
Translated by: Nate Stein