2014 migrations slowly but surely on their way

A frozen Windhover Pond as of March 3, 2014

 This post comes to you from Scott Thomas, a grad student in Peter’s lab. I’ll be joining him in keeping the blog up-to-date on the goings-on for the salamanders and other critters around the pond.

Believe it or not, Spring is finally on its way, and it will bring the spotted salamander breeding season along with it. Given that this winter has been much less mild than the previous few, if will be interesting to see how this year’s breeding numbers pan out.

As you can see, Windhover Pond froze solid this year, but rising temperatures and melting snow will soon take care of that. Be on the lookout for salamander walk updates as the weather breaks and Steiner Woods thaws out in the next few weeks!


About Scott Thomas

I'm a graduate student seeking to contribute to our understanding of how ecology, evolution, and their interplay contribute to the abundance and distribution of animal populations. Since 2011, I have been a part of the Niewiarowski Lab, where I help run a long-term demographic study of an Ohio breeding population of spotted salamanders.
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3 Responses to 2014 migrations slowly but surely on their way

  1. Liz Erickson says:

    i have been hoping to hear of salamanders and spring and here you are! I am in touch with a 9 year old I want to bring to see the walk. He lives in Lorain, Ohio so I am hoping that a walk will come on a Friday night or even better during spring break. I realize the salamanders set the agenenda though.

  2. Kelsey says:

    Will there be a salamander walk tonight?

  3. scelop says:

    Hi Kelsey. Thanks for checking in. No walk tonight. Scott has been out at the pond and the ground is still frozen. Over the next couple of days, things should be heating up so stay tuned.

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