The 24th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association was held on 24 – 25 September 2011 at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri.

A total of 43 members, representing 11 institutions, attended the meeting. A single poster session plus twenty-one (21) paper sessions were presented during the regular meeting. A brief business meeting followed the last regular presentation. Business meeting discussion topics included the date and location of the 2012 meeting. Abstracts from presentations will be published in the 2011 newsletter, which will be available sometime this winter.

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After the traditional potluck dinner, Jeff Briggler, State Herpetologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented a talk about his recent travels to Asia entitled “Andrias, Japanese Mascot or Chinese Delicacy”.

The MHA would like to thank Saint Louis University for once again generously hosting the 2011 meeting. We wish to extend a special appreciation to Robert Aldridge for making arrangements for the group to use the field station.

Group Photograph

Annual Meeting 2011 Group Photograph

Front row (seated and kneeling): Dustin Siegel (SEMO), Matt Gifford (UALR), Tim Clay (UALR), Abby Nicholson (SEMO), Cody Barnes (UALR), Travis Reeder (MSU), Valerie Jones (MSU), Denise Thompson (MSU), Adam Crane (MSU), Michael Lampe (MSU).
Second row (standing only): Alicia Mathis (MSU), Leah Voltmer (MWSU), Jeremy Chamberlain (UALR), Vanessa Young (UALR), Charlie Tucker (MSU), Troy Wieberg (LU), Ben Dalton (MSU), Ashley Niehoff (MSU), Robert Aldridge (SLU), Mitchell East (MSU), Dan Schepis (MSU), Daren Riedle (LU).
Third row (standing only): Jeff Briggler (MDC), Glenn Manning (UAM), Mark Mills (MWSU), Richard Daniel (UMC), Anthony Wilmes (SLU), Justin Rheubert (SLU), Mark Mackey (UMC), Bill Peterman (UMC), Travis Anthony (MSU), Erin Murray (MSU), Emilee Helton (MSU), Josh Parris (MSU), Zachary Wrensch (MSU), Maria Potter (DNR), Daniel Gruhn (DNR), Brian Greene (MSU), Andrew Hoffman (MSU), Julian Edmond, Michelle Bowe (MSU), Wendy Evans (MSU), Brian Edmond (MSU).
Key: DNR=Missouri Department of Natural Resources, LU=Lincoln University, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, MWSU=Missouri Western State University, SEMO=Southeast Missouri State University, SLU=Saint Louis University, UALR=University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia, UMSL=University of Missouri at Saint Louis.

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Original Announcement

Date and Location

The 24th annual meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association will be held September 24 – 25, 2011 at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri.


Paper sessions will begin at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon. Members planning to present a paper should fill out and return the attached registration form to Jeff Briggler no later than Fri 12 Sep 2011.

After the paper sessions are concluded, we will have a POTLUCK for the Saturday evening dinner. Please bring a hot dish, salad, chips, dessert, hot rolls, chicken wings, etc. Supply your own drinks and tableware for dinner.

Dinner will be followed with a presentation by Jeff Briggler about his recent travels to Asia entitled “Andrias, Japanese mascot or Chinese delicacy.” Fellowship, musical entertainment (bring instruments), and telling tall tales will follow Jeff’s presentation.

Sunday morning will begin with the traditional breakfast in Steelville followed by a morning field excursion for the hale and hardy survivors.


Dormitory, sleeping cabins (3 or 4 persons per cabin) and tent camping sites are available. 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.

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