New Updates 7-1-2020

We are always aiming to make PARS a better user experience, and are often making small changes behind the scenes to improve the website. Some of our recent changes may be more noticeable, and require a brief news post to highlight these changes.

Threatened and Endangered Species (T&E)

To better protect sensitive species we have implemented some changes to T&E species. T&E species are hidden on the front page recent records section, recent observed page, and recent submitted page. When Searching T&E species the date of observation is hidden.  When viewing a T&E species, Date and Time of Observation and Date and Time Created are hidden. 

Block and Quad Maps

A block or quad that previously had both a species and a subspecies of the same species will now only show and count the subspecies. A block or quad that does not have a subspecies and only a species-level identification will still be counted, until a subspecies for that block or quad is verified. Eastern Ribbonsnakes (comprised of Common and Northern subspecies) will now only count as Ribbonsnakes and no subspecies of Ribbonsnakes will show, but you can still enter the subspecies as an observation. 

Short form and Voucher Upload 

A new short form option for adding a record can be found on the add a record page. This option will eliminate many fields for a more simplistic form. You can still add more detailed data in the regular reporting form.

Also, a new modern file upload field has been implemented to make multiple file selections and drag and drop files uploads available. 

Front Page Recent Records

The front page recent records section will now only include records that have an attached voucher. Records without a voucher are still recorded and show up throughout the database but will not be visible on the front page. 

Mobile Mapper users update to services url

If you are using Mobile Mapper, please go to your “Services” settings tab, and update the “Configuration URL” to https://paherpsurvey.org/mobile from the original http://paherpsurvey.org/mobile

This will eleminate the Error 3 that some people have been experiencing while trying to Sync Records.

3rd Annual Photography Contest

Since the launch of PARS we have received thousands upon thousands of voucher photos, many of which are outstanding examples of wildlife photography. Among these, certain photos always stand out; either for outstanding clarity, composition, behavior of the subject, or other possible reasons. We would like to start showcasing the quality of our best photographers with an annual photography contest. Entrants in of the categories listed below will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, and winning photographs will appear in the last newsletter issue of each year until 2022. First place winners may see their winning photographs in, or on the cover of a future PARS newsletter, or possibly in the final publication for the PARS project. One photograph will be chosen as the ‘Best of Show’ grand prize winner each year. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity and clarity of the shot.

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2nd Annual Photography Contest

Since the launch of PARS we have received thousands upon thousands of voucher photos, many of which are outstanding examples of wildlife photography. Among these, certain photos always stand out; either for outstanding clarity, composition, behavior of the subject, or other possible reasons. We would like to start showcasing the quality of our best photographers with an annual photography contest. Entrants in of the categories listed below will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, and winning photographs will appear in the last newsletter issue of each year until 2022. First place winners may see their winning photographs in, or on the cover of a future PARS newsletter, or possibly in the final publication for the PARS project. One photograph will be chosen as the ‘Best of Show’ grand prize winner each year. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity and clarity of the shot.

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PARS 3rd ANNUAL MEETING

The third Annual PARS Membership Meeting is scheduled for March 25,2017 and will be held in Annville, PA. Featured speakers will include David McNaughton – Fort Indiantown Gap Office of Wildlife & Conservation,
Nathan Nazdrowicz – University of Delaware, and Kurt Regester – Clarion University.

Pre-registration is required. Members login to RSVP.

Upcoming Events – Spring 2015

For some exciting new scheduled events coming up for PARS for the year. Open to the public and volunteers, join us for our PARS Introductory Presentation, PARS Workshops and Herp Walks. We hope to see you there.

March 7, 7:00 p.m. – Swamp Tromp in the Moonlight, Bucks County
Heritage Conservancy Preserved Property in Quakertown (directions given at registration) To register, contact: Tammy, 215-345-7020, ext. 107
For details, contact Kyle Loucks:

Saturday, April 11 – PARS info table at Lehigh Valley Zoo
150 GAME PRESERVE ROAD, SCHNECKSVILLE, PA 18078
For details, contact Kyle Loucks:

April 18, 10:00 a.m. – PARS Introductory & Herp Walk –  Indiana County
Pine Ridge Park @ Pine Lodge 857 Chestnut Ridge Rd Blairsville, 15717
For details contact Ed Patterson:

April 18, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – PARS Volunteer Workshop Erie County
Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Rd, Erie, PA 16506 http://asburywoods.org/
Call (814) 833-7215 to make reservations.
For details contact Mark Lethaby:

April 25 –  HerpBlitz, Fulton County –
details to be announced Contact Tom Pluto:

April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PARS info table at the Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
Overlook Park, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
For details, contact Jake Cramer:

May 2, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. –  PARS Volunteer Workshop & Survey, Wayne County
Lacawac Sanctuary,  94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, 18436 www.lacawac.org
Call (570) 689-9494 to make reservations.
For details contact Marlin Corn:

May 15, 7:00 p.m. – PARS Update to the Lancaster Herpetological Society, Lancaster County
Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Dr., Lancaster, 17601
For details contact Kyle Loucks:

May 16-17 – Climber’s Run Bioblitz, Lancaster County
226 Frogtown Road, Pequea, PA. 
– details to be announced
For details contact Marlin Corn:

June 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. –  PARS Volunteer Workshop and Survey, Susquehanna County
Salt Springs State Park – Meet at the Wheaton House near the park’s main parking area
Call or email to register: 570.967.7275
For details contact Marlin Corn:

June 28, 1:00 p.m.  –  “Gone Herping! Nature Walk” ,York County
Richard M. Nixon County Park Nature Center, 5922 Nixon Drive, York, PA 17403
For details contact Kyle Loucks,

July 11, 7:30 a.m. – Herp walk, Delaware County Glen Providence Park,
500 Block of West State Street, Media, PA For details contact Kyle Loucks,

To keep up-to-date on Events visit our events page.