Field Herpetology

June 3 & 4 (Friday & Saturday)

Instructor:  Dr. Josh Kapfer is a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® with The Wildlife Society and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UW-Whitewater.  He received his Master’s degree from UW-La Crosse in 2002 and his Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee in 2007, where he studied the ecology of Bullsnakes in upper midwestern prairies.  Josh’s current research projects range from radio telemetry investigations of Blanding’s turtles to the behavioral ecology of wolves.

The Course: This course will give students a sound background in identifying Wisconsin’s amphibians and reptiles in both field and laboratory settings.  Students will also receive information on the habitat, ecology, conservation, and status of these species within the state.  Common techniques for field research in herpetology will be demonstrated, including handling, capturing and surveying techniques.

Course fee: $115. Available for 1 college credit or 1.4 CEU

Useful materials to bring: Field clothing, including sturdy hiking boots and rain gear.  Boots for wet and muddy areas are strongly suggested.  Insect repellent could be helpful.  Mandatory Text:  Please purchase the three DNR guides to amphibians and reptiles of Wisconsin (a set of all three is $10), which can be purchased here:

Register here.