Field Herpetology

May 24 – June 4: Lecture material will be available online for students to view.

June 4 OR June 5 (Friday OR Saturday): A one-day, in-person session at the Field Station. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instructor:  Dr. Josh Kapfer is a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® with The Wildlife Society and an Associate 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 has nearly two decades of professional experience working with wildlife. 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.  Online lectures will provide information on the habitat, ecology, conservation, and status of these species within the state.  The one-day in-person field session will demonstrate common techniques for field research in herpetology, including handling, capturing and surveying techniques.

Workshop fee: $110. Available for 1 college credit or 1.3 CEU

Useful materials to bring to the field session: Clothing that is suitable for working outdoors (possibly in inclement weather), including sturdy hiking boots and rain gear.  Boots for wet and muddy areas are strongly suggested.  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.