Herps in forests: developing educational courses for frog and reptile management and conservation
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Francis L. Lemckert, Cameron Slatyer, 2004. "Herps in forests: developing educational courses for frog and reptile management and conservation", Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna, Daniel Lunney
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The knowledge of land managers is generally poor in regards to frogs and reptiles. To address this we provide information to forestry workers through two courses: a) General Wildlife Schools concentrating on basic surveys and identification of threatened species, and b) an advanced Frog and Reptile School providing detailed information on the biology, identification and survey methods. Ethics and licensing are components of both courses. The varied educational level of attendees provides a significant challenge to course teachers. Direct contact with live animals is very important and the interaction of forestry workers and regulators is valuable in developing an understanding of differing points of view. Wildlife Schools play a continuing role in the management and conservation of forest dependent herpetofauna in forestry areas of NSW and provide an educational avenue for a broad range of people interested in forest-dwelling reptiles and frogs.