Salamander Saturdays

I am delighted to announce that this May-Sept I will be presenting 'Salamander Saturdays' at the Thousand Islands National Park. Salamanders, normally secretive animals, will be joining me at the park every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. My salamander displays will promote the conservation of these amphibians. Special focus will be on the [...]

Observing Jefferson Salamanders (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)

The Jefferson Salamander is a large species of ambystomatid (Mole Salamander). These amphibians can grow up to 8 inches in length. As the common name of their family implies, they spend much time in fossorial habitats. Outside of the spring migrations to breeding sites (in the form of vernal pools), Mole Salamanders are rarely observed. [...]

My 2013 Year in Review

Throughout 2013 I strived to continually raise awareness for the need to conserve and protect salamanders. During my efforts I brought attention to the threats that salamanders face, and informed individuals about things they can do to help combat these threats (i.e. land stewardship, habitat management, behavioral changes, etc). […]

Rendezvous with the region’s largest salamander species! The Mudpuppy!

On the evening of December 12th 2013, I headed out on a trip to observe salamanders. To see them I would have to travel to a creek and then wander around in the dark knee deep frigid water, as it was here that I would encounter several of Canada’s largest salamander species the Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus). Although, most people think of reptiles and amphibians as warm loving creatures, salamanders usually prefer cooler temperatures. Mudpuppies are extremely cold-hardy animals, and in the cool winter waters they are easily observed in the right habitat. They will even remain active under the ice. […]

A day in the life of a life with salamanders!

When I was a young child I grew up in an urbanized area just outside of Toronto in Southern, Ontario. Needless to say it was not a haven for wildlife. Luckily for me though, I did escape the confides of this concrete kingdom during my summer vacations. I would spend much time out camping with [...]

Salamander Conservation For Everyone

I recently presented display on the conservation of salamanders at Queen's University. The display was part of the Society for Conservation Biology's World Fisheries Day event. I commonly present displays at these type of events (where there is an expo like set up), and they are an ideal platform to raise awareness for several reasons. [...]