CHS Annual Conference

Annual conferences are usually held on a Friday evening to Monday in early to mid-September. Each year, conferences are held at a different location across Canada.

Members are encouraged to give presentations or submit posters on all aspects of herpetological conservation (e.g. stewardship projects, population management, education) and research (e.g. population dynamics, genetics, disease). Some annual general conferences will have symposia or workshops that address specific issues relevant to amphibian and reptile research and conservation.

Conferences are accompanied with a field trip, usually on the Monday. The Field trip provides members with an exciting opportunity to see and learn about local species and their habitat.

If you would like more information on the annual conferences and are not on the CHS mailing list, please send your questions, as well as your e-mail and telephone number to the .



This Conference is Carbon Neutral

Beginning in 2018, the CHS conference will be a carbon neutral event. The 2018 conference received carbon neutral status from Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management company. We achieved this status by measuring and offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions from participants’ travel to the workshop, hotel stays, as well as all the energy and paper used during the workshop. For more information about carbon offsetting, please visit



2021 CHS Conference

The 2021 Canadian Herpetological Society Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on September 17-19th, 2021.

There is no registration fee but to participate in the virtual meeting you must be a CHS member by September 10, 2021.

You will need a Zoom account ( to participate in the conference. The Zoom link will be shared with members on the day before the meeting.

Schedule (all times are EDT)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Noon-1pm Wildlife Acoustics Workshop
6-9pm Social

Saturday, September 18, 2021

11am Opening Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Katy Greenwald

Eastern Michigan University

What Ambystoma salamanders can teach us about the evolution of sex (or, why make males when you can steal sperm?)

12:30-4:40pm Contributed Talks
5:30-7pm AGM and Awards
7-9pm Great Canadian Herp Quiz

Sunday, September 19, 2021

11am Opening Remarks

Travelogue Talk

Ryan Wolfe

University of Toronto

The No-travel Travelogue… What the herp?

12:30-5:10pm Contributed Talks
5:10pm Closing Remarks

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