The 21st Annual Meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association was held on 27 – 28 September 2008 at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri.

A total of 29 “members”, representing 11 institutions, attended the meeting. Ten paper sessions were presented during the regular meeting. A short business meeting followed the last regular presentation. Business meeting discussion topics included the date and location of the 2008 fall meeting. After dinner, the keynote presentation, entitled Some things we have learned while chasing lizards in paradise was given by Bob Powell, Professor in the Department of Biology, Avila University. Abstracts from presentations will be included in the 2008 newsletter, which will be published this winter.

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Several from the group spent Saturday night at the field station to participate in the Sunday morning field trip effort.

The MHA would like to extend a special appreciation to Bob Aldridge and Saint Louis University for generously providing the facilities gratis for this meeting, the 14th Association meeting held at Reis.

Group Photograph

Annual Meeting 2008 Group Photograph

Front row (seated): Daryl Trumbo (SLU), Carly McGrane (MSU), Robert Aldridge (SLU), Wayne Drda (WU), Benjamin Jellen (SLU), Adam Crane (MSU), Alicia Mathis (MSU), Michelle Bowe (MSU).
Second row (seated): Alex Edmond, Joseph Edmond.
Third row (standing): Brian Edmond (MSU), Dan Heeb, Alex Heeb (CHS), Aaron Horrell (FMS), Robert Powell (AU), Dustin Siegel (SLU), Richard Daniel (UMC), Grant Cornette, Ryan Turnquist (SLU), Thomas Luhring (UMC), Mark Mackey (UMC), Don Newman (MDC), Kathleen Mahoney (MDC), Glenn Manning (UAM), Kevin Stohlgren (MDC), Jeff Briggler (MDC).
Not pictured: Kenton Lohraff (DPW), Cedar Lohraff, Matt Schrum (DNR).
Key: AU=Avila University, CHS=Chaffee High School, DNR=Missouri Department of Natural Resources, DPW=Department of Public Works Natural Resources, Fort Leonard Wood, FMS=Friends of Mingo Swamp, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, SLU=Saint Louis University, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia, WU=Washington University.

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Original Announcement

Date and Location

The 21st annual meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association will be held September 27 – 28, 2008 at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri.


Paper sessions will begin at 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Members planning to present a paper should fill out and return the attached registration form to Jeff Briggler no later than Monday 15 September 2008.

An evening potluck dinner will be followed wih a presentation by Bob Powell on herps he has encountered during his travels in the US and abroad. Fellowship, musical entertainment (bring instruments), and telling tall tales will follow Bob’s presentation.

A Sunday morning field trip (9am to noon) is planned in the vicinity. Details will be finalized that weekend based on local weather conditions and site availability.


Accommodations include a dormitory, sleeping cabins (3 or 4 persons per cabin), and tent camping sites. Bring pillow, sleeping bag, or bedding.

Driving Directions

At Cuba, Missouri (on I-44) take MO 19 south to Steelville. Proceed through Steelville on the main road (combined MO 8/MO 19). At the eastern edge of Steelville take MO 8 toward Potosi for 11 miles. (MO 19 turns south at this point).

After leaving Steelville you will cross Huzzah Creek (approximately 8.0 miles east of Steelville). Continue on Highway 8 up the long hill for 3.0 miles. At the top of the hill is a blue highway sign that reads “Roadside Park 1/2 mile”. The gravel road to the station is the first road to the right after the sign (about two blocks distance). Take the gravel road for approximately 1.5 miles to the station. You will know that you missed the entrance if you reach the roadside park on the left. If you do, turn around and go back to the first road.

More Information

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