Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing exceptional declines, with habitat loss and fragmentation among the leading threats to both groups. The Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area (PARCA) project is a PARC initiative to develop a network of focus areas designed specifically for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Areas are nominated using scientific criteria and expert review, drawing on the concepts of species rarity, richness, regional responsibility, and landscape integrity. Modeled partly after the Important Bird Areas program developed by BirdLife International, PARCAs are intended to be coordinated nationally but implemented locally at the state or other regional scale.
PARCAs are a nonregulatory designation whose purpose is to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation partners to benefit amphibians and/or reptiles. PARCAs are not designed to compete with existing landscape biodiversity initiatives, but to complement them – providing an additional spatially explicit layer for conservation consideration.
Habitat alteration, fragmentation and loss collectively are considered to be the primary challenge in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. PARC has developed a series of regionally specific best management practices, or Habitat Management Guidelines (HMGs), to provide proactive guidance for improving the compatibility of land management practices with these animals. Use this link to obtain information on ordering hard copies of the regional habitat management guidelines.
**NEW!** PARC now has a YouTube channel!
Below appears a playlist of webinars on habitat management techniques that will benefit amphibians and reptiles. Although the webinars reference park units, their content is applicable to habitats within the region for which it was created, not just parks.
Tanks, troughs and ponds serve as a critical resource for a broad array of wildlife, including amphibians and reptiles. This handbook describes proven methods for increasing wildlife safety and accessibility at artificial watering features.