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Hang out at the NATIONAL ZOO with the Virginia Herpetological Society

Larry is not only on the Board of Directors for Beltway Atheists, but he's also the President of the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) (

Every fall the VHS has a small conference and business meeting, and this year we have decided to hold it at a very special place, the National Zoo.  Come on out and enjoy morning talks from herpetologists, neuroscientists, conservation biologists, and paleontologists about our native and exotic herpetofauna.  In the afternoon, there will be private tours of the reptile discovery center.

Our Keynote speaker will be Anthony Leonardo of Janelia Farm Research Campus (HHMI) who will be giving a talk on the neural basis of capture/prey behavior of amphibians.  You can see more about Anthony's work here:

We also have Jason Osborne and Aaron Alford give a talk about Paleoherpetology with their organization called Paleo Quest.  Check them out here:

Additionally, we will have talks by the Zoo Reptile Discovery Center and Smithsonian Institute Fellows on Salamander Conservation as well as the effects of climate change on hellbender salamanders.  Check it out here:

Also, the VHS is partnering with Rachel Gauza from the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) and will be providing training at the zoo for their flagship citizen science program called Frog Watch.  Check it out here:

This training is free from a grant from the National Science Foundatio.  If you are interested in Citizen Science Programs and are interested in amphibians, this is the program for you.  Become a volunteer and engage in science!!!!

Finally: Larry has been published in the HHMI Bulletin on his work with Herpetological Surveys he's been conducting at the Janelia Farm Research Campus 689 acre property.  Check it out:


Hope to see everyone there.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT.


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  • Rich

    Hi Larry,

    What times are the talks and the private tours scheduled for?

    I'm especially interested in the tours, and in the keynote talk about the neural basis of capture/prey behavior.

    How could I meet up with the group if I arrive late? I have some other commitments that Saturday.


    Rich G.

    October 11, 2012

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