Busy night in Steiner Woods

Thanks to everyone for the great turnout for the salamander walk last night. We were able to see a good bit of activity breeding by several critters, including spotted salamanders. For me though, the first sign of activity was actually from turkeys! My presence scared the pair in the video below up into a tree, and I was a bit confused by the clumsy flapping when there were no waterfowl in sight. Then I got close enough to realize these two were above my head!

tom in the center and hen in upper right at the beginning of the video

For the walk, we had 30 people and saw many salamanders and frogs. The final tally for salamander captures last night was around 60 individuals.

bucket 6 april 3

There were lots of good signs for the health of Bath’s spotted salamander population outside of Windhover Pond too, including a good showing for spotted salamanders at Windhover Bog, which has been a rarity in recent years. I counted several different sites with breeding in them, and found the juvenile below moving through the woods. If all goes well for her, she will add another generation to the breeding population in the next few years.

breeding activity in a nearby pond.

tamarack juvenile

Juvenile spotted salamander


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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One Response to Busy night in Steiner Woods

  1. scelop says:

    When is the next walk?

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