NCPARC is North Carolina’s own chapter of the successful world-wide organization Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Like our parent organization, NCPARC unifies members from all walks of life under one banner; that of the conservation of amphibians and reptiles and their habitats. We the members of NCPARC hail from academia, state and federal agencies, research facilities, nature education centers, land trusts, municipalities, zoos, veterinary fields, forest products industries, energy cooperatives, conservation organizations, herpetological societies, pet trade industries, museums, and even your own neighborhoods. We welcome everyone with an interest in herpetofauna, in conservation, in nature, or in all these combined to join our ranks and help us make a difference for the persistence of healthy amphibian and reptile populations in our state.
Why do we need NCPARC?
North Carolina’s reptiles and amphibians have long been neglected and even persecuted due to the widespread lack of understanding of their role in the ecosystem and their value in our natural world. Popular lore has painted them as creepy, slimy, dangerous, even malicious creatures that should be feared and eradicated. NCPARC seeks to reverse these stereotypes, and show our citizens the amazing variety of fascinating and uniquely beautiful herpetofauna that share our state.
In addition, lands suitable for wildlife in North Carolina are becoming developed with staggering speed. To prevent the herp-friendly habitats from all becoming parking lots, we must work efficiently and expeditiously to ensure that ecologically-wise development becomes the standard in North Carolina. We need to understand the distribution of the herps and the herp habitats in the state, and work together to steer development away from these critical areas.
Our amphibians and reptiles also face constant threats from disease, climate change, invasive species, pollution and unsustainable use. Through NCPARC’s collaborative efforts with researchers and individuals interested in herp conservation, we can better monitor our local amphibian and reptile populations and evaluate the impacts these threats are having on the health and long-term success of these species.
How does NCPARC work?
In NCPARC we believe that the successful conservation of amphibians and reptiles can only be accomplished by joining forces to combine the expertise and resources of a multitude of individuals and organizations. We seek out enthusiastic individuals for participation in our technical working groups which facilitate herpetological conservation by addressing research, inventory and monitoring needs, policy, regulation and trade issues, and education and outreach objectives. Ours is a unique conservation network because:
- NCPARC includes conservation of all reptiles and amphibians;
- NCPARC is focused on conserving the habitats our herps require for survival;
- NCPARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation;
- NCPARC focuses not only on endangered and threatened species, but also on keeping common native species common.
How can I become involved?
NCPARC has only one membership requirement: an interest in the conservation of amphibians, reptiles and/or their habitats. Membership is free of charge and can be accomplished by emailing the NCPARC coordinator, Jeff Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). You need not be a member of the national PARC organization to join NCPARC (although national membership is as economical and simple as state membership). We welcome individuals from all walks of life, all professions, and all herpetological skill levels to join us. Through your diversity, we gain a more broadly-reaching voice for the conservation of our state’s rich amphibian and reptile heritage. To learn more about NCPARC, browse through this and the National PARC Web site (www.parcplace.org). It is our hope that you too will see the value amphibians and reptiles have in North Carolina, and that you will join us in working to conserve our herps and the remaining wild places they inhabit.