The 26th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association was held on 28 – 29 September 2013 at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri.

A total of 50 members, representing 14 organizations, attended the meeting. Thirteen (13) 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 2014 meeting. Abstracts from presentations will be published in the 2013 newsletter, which will be available this winter.

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After the traditional potluck dinner, Dr. Carl Gerhardt, professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia, talked about his travels to Australia, Arizona, and around the Midwest and showed videos of several species of amphibians and reptiles.

The MHA would like to thank Saint Louis University for generously hosting the 2013 meeting in this traditional and popular field station facility. We wish to extend a special appreciation to Bob Aldridge for making arrangements for the group to use the facilities.

Group Photograph

Annual Meeting 2013 Group Photograph

Front row (seated): Brian Edmond (MSU), Eric Sievers (MSU), Hollie Lybarger (SIUE), Katie Whitlow (SIUE), Lauren Mikkelson (SIUE), Katie Stoltz (SIUE), Amanda Winters (UALR), Cyndi Carter (EIU), Glenn Manning (UAM), Patrick Tomerlin (UAM).
Second row (seated): Joey Churilla (MSU), Katie Tazelaar (DC), Dustin Siegel (SEMO), Bob Aldridge (SLU), Jake Cypret (SEMO), Wendy Evans (MSU), Emilee Helton (MSU), Rachel Bortosky (MSU), Megan Smith (MSU), Jay Krystyniak (MSU).
Third row (seated): Katrina Street (AU), Rachel Settle (MSU), Alicia Mathis (MSU), Carolyn Kupec (MSU), Lauren Rudolph (MSU).
Fourth row (standing on ground): Dave Jennings (SIUE), Seth Griffis (SIUE), Rick Essner (SIUE), Darrin Welchert (USFW), Richard Daniel (UMC), Mark Mills (MWSU), Eric Mueller (SIUE), Andrew George (UMC), Zachary Wrensch (MSU), Larry Werner (SIUE), James Mahaffy (DC), Brian Greene (MSU), Bob Powell (AU), Jeff Briggler (MDC), Ian Clifton (UALR), Matt Gifford (UALR).
Fifth row (standing on table): Justin Church (SIUE), Kenton Lohraff (DPW), Day Ligon (MSU), Don McKnight (MSU), Josh Harmon (MSU), Ethan Hollender (MSU), Leslie Brinkman (MSU), Timothy Clay (UALR).
Not pictured: Carl Gerhardt (UMC).
Key: AU=Avila University, DC=Dordt College, DPW=Department of Public Works Natural Resources (Fort Leonard Wood), EIU=Eastern Illinois University, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, MWSU=Missouri Western State University, SEMO=Southest Missouri State University, SIUE=Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, SLU=Saint Louis University, UALR=University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia, USFW=US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Original Announcement

Date and Location

The 26th annual meeting of the Missouri Herpetological Association will be held September 28 – 29, 2013 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 20 Sep 2013.

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.

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.

More Information

The following documents contain more information.