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Welcome to the Important Amphibian and Reptile Areas (IMPARA) website.
This site is part of the Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network.



Call for IMPARA Site Nominations (Oct, 2012)

The Important Amphibian and Reptile Areas (IMPARA) designation program is a major conservation initiative of the Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network. There are three kinds of IMPARA sites 1) Sites containing species of conservation concern 2) Sites containing a high diversity of species, and 3) Sites that fulfill important life history functions for herpetofauna. Patterned upon, and complementing the Important Bird Areas of Canada criteria, the objective of site designation as an IMPARA is to raise awareness, and hopefully stewardship, for these sites.

At present, there are five IMPARA sites designated in Canada: Okanagan-Similkameen Valley and the Creston Wildlife Management Area in British Columbia, the Narcisse Wildlife Management Area in Manitoba, Cootes Paradise, Carroll?s Bay, Grindstone Creek Valley Nature Sanctuaries and Pelee Island in Ontario. A sixth site, Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia is in the process of being designated. Within the next year, CARCNET would like to extend this program to include at least one IMPARA site in every province of Canada.

The Important Amphibian and Reptile Areas Program (IMPARA) Site Criteria are intended to be guidelines for identifying the importance of a site, and are somewhat flexible, depending on the specifics of the site. These criteria are intended to be the first step in a dialogue between the nomination compiler and CARCNET.

Anyone can nominate a site and we are seeking nominations now. To nominate a site as an Important Amphibian and Reptile Area, you simply complete a Site Nomination Form available on the web site. Before doing this, it is useful to read the Important Amphibian and Reptile Areas Site Criteria. There are two ways to complete the Site Nomination form: you may print a copy of the form using your browser's print function and complete it by hand, or download a rich text format version of the form and complete it on a word processor. Then you can send finished forms and all accompanying information to info@carcnet.ca.

Call for Book Authors (Oct, 2012)

CARCNET also plans to publish a full-sized coffee table book highlighting the IMPARA program and drawing attention to individual sites. This is an ideal opportunity for CARCNET or CAH members to fast-track the nomination of important Canadian herpetological areas with which they are familiar or interested. The goal is to produce an edited multi-authored book of well researched, informative, and concise site accounts with representative photographs and site maps. The plan is to have at least 20 sites covered across Canada with each province represented.

If you are interested in suggesting or nominating an area, and/or interested in researching and writing a particular account there is a simple template available at the bottom of this page. You can also contact Dr. Stephen Hecnar (shecnar@lakeheadu.ca) with questions. Once receiving ideas and offers from prospective authors, the IMPARA Committee and CARCNET Board will proceed further with selecting sites for inclusion in the book and contacting authors with further instructions.

Call for Book Authors Deadline: 31 January 2013, using the template form below, to info@carcnet.ca.

Contact: Dr. Stephen Hecnar, Department of Biology, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1. Email: shecnar@lakeheadu.ca. Telephone: 1-807-343-8250