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The North American Amphibian Conference (NAAC)

From frognet & dendroboard:

Ed Kowalski Wrote:ANNOUNCING! The Biggest Dart Frog Show of the Year, The North American Amphibian Conference (NAAC), will be held the Spring of 2008 in New England and will focus on the efforts to promote "Year of the Frog" along with fundraising for amphibian conservation efforts.

The NAAC will be a 2-3 day event comprised of a banquet with keynote speaker, vendors, lectures, workshops, field trips, raffle and auction. Additionally, a fundraising Barbeque and open house will be
held at Black Jungle Terrarium Supply.

One of our special guest speakers will be Chris van der Lingen of The Netherlands. He will be debuting his long awaited English version of a DVD on Dendrobates pumilio as well as discussing projects that he is currently working on in Panama.

We have also received committment from the team at the Atlanta Botanic Garden in the way of at least one speaker. Other special guest speakers will be confirmed within the following weeks. We hope to have speakers to fi ll us all in on the following subjects:
The New Dart Frog Taxonomy;
Chytrid Fungus - What every frog keeper needs to know;
Updates Regarding the latest known about Dart Frog Toxins;
and other topics as they become available

Date: Memorial Day Weekend - Friday, May 23rd - Sunday, May 25th
Location: Western Massachusetts (tba within the upcoming weeks)
Friday 9-5 - Field Trips
Friday 6-11 - Banquet and Keynote Speaker
Saturday 9-4 - Sale, Workshop, Raffle, Auction
Saturday 6-11 - Lectures
Sunday 10-5 - Black Jungle Open House/ Barbeque Fundraiser

Additional event details and website will be released as soon as

Vendors! We want you here...All of You!! Let's all band together in this Big Event. "Year of the Frog!" is our big opportunity to do the right thing in 2008. The more vendors, the bigger and better this event will be. Join in and support the efforts where fundraising and amphibian crisis awareness are our primary goals. This does not mean you should feel that you have to donate all your profits away, but even a small contribution would help! We realize that we all need to make a living and for most of us, this is our livelihood. W hat your participation does mean, is that we support a common goal. A goal for the good of Amphibian Conservation and Awareness.

Organizers of the event are: Ed Kowalski, Lead Keeper, Department of Herpetology at
the Philadelphia Zoo, Matt Mirabello : Cornell University Department of Natural Resources
Graduate Student, Amanda & Greg Sihler, published authors and owners of Arizona
Dendrobate Ranch, Michael Wallitis and Richard Revis, owners of Black
Jungle Terrarium Supply.

Michael Khadavi

Important Date Change!

Ed Kowalski Wrote:Please note the change of date listed below.

On double checking with local academic schedules and the hotels we discovered that there would be less conflict and a greater availability of both rooms and potential attendents if the date of the conference was moved to June 6-8.
We apologize for any inconvience and hope you can attend.

We hope to have a website up soon..

Thanks for your patience.

Michael Khadavi

Hi everyone,

Well, I hoped to have it finished today but the website still has a little work left. (Along with some glitches to fix). We will be updating it almost daily until all relevent information is known and little problems are fixed.

We are launching it here today because it has a lot of useful info for those vendors and distant travellers can use for trip planning purposes.

We do not have an online contact form operational yet so please use this forum to ask your questions or to offer your comments.

Click here now:


NAAC Website Updates:

We now have the "Travel" page up and running but have a lot more work to do on the site.

Please notice that we have 2 International speakers lined up for the event!

We should have the banquet menu and field trip information updated in about a week or so.

Attention vendors! We already have half the tables reserved and it only took us a week to do so. We still have room for you and we really want you to join us. Please call or send a pm to me asap. (Fees are not due now...we will be sending the vendor packages out in a few weeks to all who have sent their intent to vend) Don't wait until the last minute or we may run out of space.

Mike Wallitis
member, NAAC Committee

Remember, 2008 is Year of the Frog - Do your part and Please Support the North American Amphibian Conference!

The NAAC event is taking shape at an amazing rate thanks to all interested. Take a look a this vendor/ educational org. list! In only a few weeks, folks from all across the U.S. and even 2 from abroad have already joined together to support the North American Amphibian Conference. If you see that your favorite vendor is not on this list, please help to pursuade them to join us! This is turning out to be one of the biggest gatherings of its kind. 2008 is Year of the Frog and your participation will guarantee an awesome event!

Our speaker list is nearly complete....we are finishing up the final touches now.

We are now working on Sponsorship opportunities and hope to bring you some very exciting information soon as a result. Remember - If you cannot participate in person, then please support our sponsorship suggestions in any way possible.

Our Special Thanks go out to...
Dendrobates World
Arizona Dendrobate Ranch
Black Jungle
Matt Mirabello
Shawn Harrington
Bill Finley
Aaron's Frog Farm
Tim Heath's Frogs
Tiffany's Frogs
Rob Ossiboff
Joe Nickerson
Dartfrog Depot
T. & S. Cotterman
Todd Kelley
Eric Malolepsy
Adam Butt
TreeWalkers Int'l.
Costa Rican ARC
Atlanta Bot. Garden
Eric Gausch
Josh's Frogs
Ed's Fly Meat
Midwest Dartfrogs
Quality Captives
Tor Linbo
Darren Meyer
Devin Edmonds
NE Frog Group
NE Herp Society

Call 800-268-1813 or PM me to add your name to the list. Payment won't be required until the end of April.

Thanks again,
Mike Wallitis
member, NAAC Committee

Remember, 2008 is Year of the Frog - Do your part and Please Support the North American Amphibian Conference!

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