KHS Meetings
The KHS holds an annual meeting in the fall of each year. The meeting is, minimally, a two day event with lectures and presentations by herpetologists. All interested individuals are invited to make presentations. The annual meeting is also the time of the Saturday night social and fund-raising auction. All are invited to bid on herpetologically oriented items (except for live animals or parts thereof) donated by a variety of sources including members.

KHS 2017 Annual Meeting Information

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On-line KHS Annual Meeting registration


On-line oral/poster presentation registration - CLOSED


  • FRIDAY NIGHT KHS SOCIAL SET:
  • The Friday evening social (3 November, 6:30-10pm), will be held at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212. Please plan to come out and enjoy some snacks and conversation.
    7:30 pm: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Armenia in Retrospect: A Decade of Conservation Efforts for the Armenian Viper by Dr. Jeff Ettling, Executive Director of the Sedgwick County Zoo.

KHS ANNUAL MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS, AND AUCTION ITEMS:
The 44th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society will be held 4-5 November 2017 at Friends University, 2100 University Avenue, Wichita, KS 67213. Scientific paper sessions and general meeting activities will be held at Friends University while the annual KHS Auction and associated festivities will be held at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212. Effective immediately, the Society is accepting titles for talks to be presented at the meeting.

Looking for an alternative to costly national herpetological meetings held in large cities with way too many herpetological registrants (and where you only have a cash bar)? Try the KHS. Regional meetings are the future and great venues for graduate students. The KHS annual meeting provides an opportunity for herpetologists and other like-minded individuals interested in amphibians and reptiles to come together for scientific lectures and friendly intellectual discussion. There is ample opportunity for socializing in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Meeting registration is only $15.00.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Ann Stengle. Dr. Stengle has been studying endangered snake species in Massachusetts since 2007 (Eastern Ratsnakes and Copperheads) and Timber Rattlesnakes across the state since 2009. Her Bachelor’s degree and PhD are from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She also have an associates in veterinary technology from Holyoke Community College. Dr. Stengle’s recent work has focused on radiotelemetry of the largest timber population in MA, looking at effects of Snake Fungal Disease on movement patterns and habitat selection, in addition to population genetics of the entire New England region. Currently she is the New England Rattlesnake Geneticist, employed by the Orianne Society, and the Coordinator for the USFW SWG grant "Conserving SGCN snakes threatened by an emerging fungal skin disease." Dr. Stengle also teaches Chemistry at Holyoke Community College.

Herpetologists at all levels of expertise are encouraged and urged to give scientific paper presentations. An award and stipend of $200 (The George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna) will be presented for an outstanding student presentation at the end of the meeting, so students are strongly encouraged to participate. The $100 Meshaka Award for best poster will also be awarded. Additionally, the Suzanne L. & Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology, a $1,000 prize. Being an odd numbered year, the Collins Award will be awarded for the best photograph portraying or be based on those species native to Kansas. The KHS is looking for striking images of Kansas herpetofauna that depict interesting behavior or include portraits of species in a natural habitat or setting.

During the KHS Business Meeting (Saturday Afternoon) and KHS Auction (Saturday evening).... the following awards will be presented:

  • The Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for excellence in Kansas Herpetology. The Collins Award is bestowed on the member of the KHS who is chosen the best in a juried competition featuring the art of photography in portraying amphibians, turtles, and/or reptiles, said competition to take place under the auspices and on the occasion of the primary meeting of an appropriate organization or society in Kansas. To qualify for the The Collins Award, the art work must portray or be based on those species native to Kansas. The KHS is looking for striking images of Kansas herpetofauna that depict interesting behavior or include portraits of species in a natural habitat or setting. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, color, action, drama, and overall impact. Entry to the competition constitutes agreement by the photographer to allow the winning photograph to be published by CNAH/KHS on its web site or in publicity releases. Entrants retain all other rights to the future use of their winning photograph. A total of up to five photographs may be submitted as prints. Prints must be mounted for display purposes. The back of each photograph must bear the photographer's name, address, telephone number, and entry number (1-5). The identity of the photographer will not be revealed to the members of the KHS Awards Committee.
  • Howard Kay Gloyd/Edward Harrison Tayleor Scholarship. The KHS annually grants a scholarship named for Howard K. Gloyd and Edward H. Taylor, two distinguished Kansas herpetologists.
  • Alan H. Kamb Grant for research on Kansas snakes. The KHS annually awards a grant ($300.00) in honor and memory of Alan H. Kamb, longtime supporter and member of the Kansas Herpetological Society.
  • George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna. CNAH and the KHS annually makes an award ($200.00) in honor and memory of George Toland, a longtime supporter and member of the Kansas Herpetological Society.
  • Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology. The KHS annually makes an award ($200.00) to a KHS member that, in the recent past, made a significant herpetological discovery in the field or conducted significant herpetological field work that contributed to our knowledge of these creatures.

KHS 2017 Saturday Night Social, Poster Session, and Auction

The annual Saturday night social, poster session, and fund-raising auction will be held at the Sedgwick County Zoo’s Cargill Learning Center (5555 West Zoo Boulevard, Wichita 67212) starting at 6:30pm. KHS will provide FREE BEER, SOFT DRINKS, and SNACKS. The auction will be preceded by the 3rd annual poster session. The poster session will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. All presenters may set up posters from 6:00 to 6:30 in the CLC.
The Walter E. Meshaka, Jr. Award for Excellence in Ecology will be awarded following the poster session. The Meshaka Award may be awarded to any poster presented that pertains to North American herpetology, and comes with a Commemorative Certificate, and a check for $100.
The auction will start immediately after the presentation of the Meshaka Award. Please bring herpetological items for the auction. Deliver them to the auction site Saturday evening. We count on you to bring items about amphibians, or reptiles and other stuff oriented to herpetology. PLEASE DO NOT BRING LIVING OR DEAD ANIMALS (OR PARTS). No specimens or body parts of herpetofauna will be sold at auction. Auctioneer Dan Fogell, will provide the entertainment and the KHS will supply snacks and beverages. Bring herpetological items to donate (the more scandalous the better) and join us for a relaxing and fun-filled evening.

KHS 2017 Annual Meeting Lodging Options

Best Western Plus West Wichita Airport.
3800 Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67213
(316) 945-4100
A block of rooms containing both single king and double queen layouts has been reserved at a group rate of $89.99 per night. Register before October 24th to get the discount.

KHS 2017 Annual Meeting Submitted Titles



Past KHS Annual Meeting Programs
1974
Topeka,
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1975
Topeka,
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1976
Lawrence,
Kansas
1977
Emporia,
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1978
Caldwell,
Kansas
1979
Topeka,
Kansas
1980
Lawrence,
Kansas
1981
Wichita,
Kansas
1982
Lawrence,
Kansas
1983
Lawrence,
Kansas
1984
Fredonia,
Kansas
1985
Topeka,
Kansas
1986
Lawrence,
Kansas
1987
Emporia,
Kansas
1988
Lawrence,
Kansas
1989
Wichita,
Kansas
1990
Lawrence,
Kansas
1991
Pratt,
Kansas
1992
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1993
Emporia,
Kansas
1994
Wichita,
Kansas
1995
Lawrence,
Kansas
1996
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1997
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1998
Lawrence,
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1999
Pratt,
Kansas
2000
Kansas City,
Missouri
2001
Topeka,
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2002
Lawrence,
Kansas
2003
Emporia,
Kansas
2004
Manhattan,
Kansas
2005
Pittsburg,
Kansas
2006
Hays,
Kansas
2007
Topeka,
Kansas
2008
Wichita,
Kansas
2009
Olathe,
Kansas
2010
Topeka,
Kansas
2011
Wichita,
Kansas
2012
Hays,
Kansas
2013
Wichita,
Kansas
2014
Manhattan,
Kansas
2015
Hays,
Kansas
2016
Kansas City,
Missouri
2017
Wichita,
Kansas