Author Archives: Scott Thomas

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.

Busy week in Steiner Woods; 160 sallies so far

Turns out that over 100 salamanders moved into Windhover Pond a couple Wednesdays ago when around a dozen people came to see them be released while more salamanders mosied in. That stretch of rain brought a few nights of migration to … Continue reading

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Salamander walk/release for Thursday March 10

We ended up with a decent amount of rain Wednesday night that wasn’t in the forecast early in the week. Looks like that brought in around 80 salamanders, maybe more. Pretty big for the first action if the year. We’ll … Continue reading

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2016 breeding season starting this week

It looks like spring is here to stay in the Akron area. Forecasts this week are calling for warm temperatures and rain. That’ll bring the salamanders out in Steiner Woods. Keep an eye out for a walk announcement as we … Continue reading

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Good turnout at Windhover Pond… for both people and salamanders

There was a large turnout for the salamander walk on Thursday. Thanks to all who came. 105 salamanders showed up at Windhover Pond that night, highlighted by the longest individual I’ve measured. She’s a little over 8 inches long and … Continue reading

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First walk of 2015 tonight (Thursday April 2)

It’s already >60 degrees out and there is a 100% chance of rain, so the walk is on for tonight. We will meet at 8:45 pm at the Bath Center parking lot. See here for more on how to prepare … Continue reading

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Salamander Walk Thursday? Stay tuned.

The weather is looking salamandery for Thursday (April 2). Keep an eye out for an update on that day!

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The amphibians are starting to move

With the warm weather yesterday I went out to some amphibian breeding ponds to see if anything was moving. Most were either still frozen or had nothing going on except a single spring peeper calling somewhere near the heron rookery off West … Continue reading

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