Meet Chris Anderson, WDFW Wildlife Biologist and Amphibians of Washington curator!

Hello! Please enjoy reading more about one of our curators: Chris Anderson, WDFW Wildlife Biologist (most of you met him at our February training):

Chris Anderson District Wildlife Biologist King Co.; Project team member of WDFW-Woodland Park Zoo Amphibian Project; now the Amphibians of Washington iNaturalist Project.

Grew up chasing frogs and watersnakes; rat snakes and box turtles in the Midwest and Plains. Got interested in herps professionally working on amphibian use surveys of mitigation ponds (diary) but never took off...alas, birds called...chirped to me - academically in specialization... But herps are darn cool so got back into it with enthusiasts, peers and coworkers now all interested in what is around us...what can we do...what can we learn and discover for ourselves and all...quite a bit as a team! I have worked with herps in WA for land use due diligence management in the private sector and at WDFW; in general survey and with cities and counties regarding management of populations; but also related to conservation in light of a human built environment in management planning efforts with local municipal planners via the Growth Management Act.

I'm really excited for this effort involving all ages and stages; where this data and also our fellowship and pursuit of amphibian endeavors can build-up amphibian awareness, knowledge, conservation, friendship and support amongst us and our neighbors.

Thanks for all that you do.
Chris

Posted by jennymears jennymears, June 07, 2017 08:54 PM

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Hi Chris, Good to know more about your background - agree, birds start to get addictive! I wondered how WDFW feels about state amphibian data going into I-Naturalist...in general it seems to work well, but we lose the "null" data, i.e. dates on which we find no amphibians of any stage at a particular location. I-Naturalist does not take null data because only photographed life stages get entered into the database. Any thoughts on this, how we could make it useful for WDFW purposes?

Sally Lawrence

Posted by s24lawrence over 1 year ago (Flag)

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