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SWFHA Projects

Upper Chiquita Canyon Survey -  Orange County, California 
This project is a herpetological survey of the Upper Chiquita Canyon Conservation Area located in Orange County CA. In addition to recording which species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the property, the project is focused on verifying the presence of the California Glossy Snake in an effort to support current research being conducted by Dr. Robert Fisher and his team of biologists at the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. 
The survey is a joint venture between the USGS and the Southwestern Field Herping Associates, with permission and support from Transportation Corridor Agency. Work on the project began in December 2013, and monitoring of the property will hopefully be ongoing for several years.  


We would like to thank John Centell of Dixieline of San Diego for the recent generous donation of artificial cover materials needed to sustain our project. 

San Dieguito River Park Conservancy Survey- San Diego County, California
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) is a non-profit environmental conservancy dedicated to sustainable management of the natural resources of the San Dieguito Watershed, with priority given to the protection of the river corridor. The Conservancy has a 24-year record of moving the vision of a 55-mile San Dieguito River Park and Coast-to-Crest Trail from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian to a maturing reality.
Located in San Diego County, California, the Conservancy is working to acquire land to complete the River Park, extend the segments of the Coast-to-Crest Trail that are open, and assists with careful management of River Park lands. It is led by a citizen Board of Directors and is supported in its activities, physically and financially, by more than 1,200 Conservancy members. It partners with the River Park, citizens, land owners, governments and other non-governmental groups to ensure coordinated protection of the river corridor resources while fully respecting and protecting private property rights.
SWFHA Associate Jeff Nordland is the leader in this survey and has documented many herp species on various Conservancy owned properties. More information about the The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy can be found at their website at

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