Join search for salamanders at park to celebrate the Year of the Salamander

Families and individuals are invited to participate in a Salamander Search on Saturday April 26 from 3–4:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

Participants will set out for the streams and wetlands at Osborndale State Park. People should come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get a little muddy, such as wearing shoes that tie rather than slip-ons.

 

Year of the Salamander

One of the surest signs of spring is the mass migration of spotted salamanders, which travel to their breeding pools with the season’s first warm rains.

One of the surest signs of spring is the mass migration of spotted salamanders, which travel to their breeding pools with the season’s first warm rains.

The event, offered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will help celebrate the Year of the Salamander.

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) has proclaimed as the Year of the Salamander to raise awareness for salamander conservation. The DEEP is participating in this effort by shining a spotlight on Connecticut’s 12 native salamander species throughout the year.

Other state and federal wildlife agencies, along with several conservation organizations, also are partnering with PARC to foster appreciation and understanding of salamanders.

 

Learning about local salamanders

The Kellogg Center is hosting the program to help residents become aware of the salamanders in this area and their needs for survival. The center is located just off Route 34 near downtown Derby.

The program is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. For further information, directions, or to register, call the Kellogg Center at 203-734-2513 or email [email protected]

 

 

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