Posts

Showing posts from October, 2018

Spotted Salamander, #Ambystoma maculatum This beautiful lady was found in South Hadley, Massachusetts 20 years ago. She was extremely cooperative with me photographing her.

Image

Striped Newt, Notophthalmus perstriatus These cute little things are part of our captive propagation initiatives for native southeastern US #amphibian species. We are lucky to work with many other passionate #conservation partners as part of the #StripedNewtRepatriationProject #EftUp

Image

#AmbystomaWeek was a lot of fun! So many people love these chunksters, and thanks to everyone who contributed! #StayFrosty * Here's a Frosted Flatwoods Salamander on day 7 — These salamanders have been active lately in our #mesocosms Who's next?

Image

A larval Frosted Flatwoods Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek This animal is in one of the #mesocosms at the #AmphibianFoundation Amphibian Research & Conservation Center Larval #Ambystoma cingulatum is the species our logo was modeled after!

Image

Another Tiger Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek This is what it would look like if you were really tiny and could ride a Tiger Salamander. Have a great weekend!

Image

Spotted Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek The Amphibian Foundation works with partners to restore habitat and return #Ambystoma maculatum to ephemeral wetlands/uplands in the #Atlanta #urban landscape. We are on the verge of doubling the the known breeding populations of the species!

Image

Breaking News during #AmbystomaWeek ! Marbled Salamanders breeding right in Atlanta. Yesterday, during my Biology of Amphibians course field trip, we detected 34 salamanders, many of which were females guarding eggs. This is only the second confirmed site, and the first with evidence of reproduction. We will closely monitor the developments within this population through our MAAMP surveys. For more, see today's blog post: https://ift.tt/2uVECzM

Image

Marbled Salamanders detected in metro Atlanta by the MAAMP and Agnes Scott Amphibian Biology Class!

Image
The Agnes Scott Biology of Amphibians continuing education class had an incredible field outing yesterday when we joined Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (MAAMP) community scientist Kate Carson at a new field site in the hopes of detecting Marbled Salamanders (Ambystoma opacum).


Earlier in the year, The Nature Conservancy inadvertently unearthed a Marbled Salamander while removing invasive plants from the park. They reached out to us at the Amphibian Foundation and we were able to confirm this was only the second confirmed sighting of the species since the MAAMP began in 2014. Marbled Salamanders are considered 'common' throughout most if its range, but have suffered significant declines in developed and urban regions, probably due to loss of their breeding and upland habitats. Ephemeral (temporary) wetland breeding amphibians only use the wetland for a few weeks to a few months, and spend the majority of the time in the neighboring uplands. Therefore, these unique a…

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek Here is a picture from the #SalamanderLab at the @amphibianfoundation. Wild populations of #Ambystoma cingulatum have been recently been impacted by #HurricaneMichael #StormSurge. It may be years before we understand the extent of the impact on the most viable populations of this beautiful species.

Image

Marbled Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek Here's an illustration from many years ago that I drew as a mark/recapture guide for the influential Gamble et al #Metapopulation study on #Ambystoma opacum in western MA. https://ift.tt/2OL5hOf

Image

A beautiful Mole Salamander for #AmbystomaWeek#Ambystoma talpoideum can speed up the time it takes to be able to breed, and reproduce as larvae through a process called #progenesis — sweet. That's #AmphibiousAF

Image

I can't believe it's already #AmbystomaWeek ! This was a lot of fun last year, so please join me in celebrating one of the goofiest groups of salamanders. Here is a Tiger Salamander (#Ambystoma tigrinum), one of the 7 species of #ambystomatid we work with at the Foundation's Amphibian Research & Conservation Center. arcc.amphibianfoundation.org

Image

Striped Newt | Notophthalmus perstriatus As midterm elections approach in the U.S., join thousands of others in pledging to turn out at the polls this year, because if we want to give our amphibians a voice, we need to raise our voice at the polls. https://ift.tt/2yk7uG6 #EvironmentalVoterPledge #CroakThatVote

Image

It's that time of year! Marbled Salamander, #Ambystoma opacum

Image

Pipa pipa | Suriname Toad As midterm elections approach in the U.S., join thousands of others in pledging to turn out at the polls this year, because if we want to give our amphibians a voice, we need to raise our voice at the polls. https://ift.tt/2yk7uG6 #EvironmentalVoterPledge #CroakThatVote

Image

As midterm elections approach in the U.S., join thousands of others in pledging to turn out at the polls this year, because if we want to give our amphibians a voice, we need to raise our voice at the polls. https://ift.tt/2yk7uG6 #EvironmentalVoterPledge #CroakThatVote

Image

As midterm elections approach in the U.S., join thousands of others in pledging to turn out at the polls this year, because if we want to give our amphibians a voice, we need to raise our voice at the polls. https://ift.tt/2yk7uG6 (link in bio) #EvironmentalVoterPledge #CroakThatVote

Image

Guest Blogger: Adam Bland of the Chester Zoo and the Amazing Partnership to Save the Critically Endangered Lake Patzcuaro Salamander

Image
During April, as part of an on going research project, I was incredibly lucky to visit central Mexico in order to collect data and meet some partners in an unusual conservation project aiming to conserve the Critically Endangered Lake Patzcuaro Salamander, Ambystoma dumerilii.A small film crew joined us on our visit, and since our return the story of this project has received international media coverage, which is great for Salamander conservation and awareness!



The unusual twist on this project, which has lead to gaining lots of media attention, is the Monastery of Nuns which maintain the largest breeding colony of the species in captivity, and are likely highly responsible for this species continued existence since the population almost became extinct in Lake Patzcuaro due to introduced fish, pollution and exploitation.The nuns have been breeding this species in captivity for many years, as it is an ingredient in a traditional medicine produced at the Monastery believed to treat resp…

I am so happy with our new website! Among many things, it outlines all of our engaging education programs for all ages: Critter Camp, Critter Club, Frog-in-Every-Classroom, Critters & Cabernet, and our new Master Herpetologist Program! It's going to be an exciting rest of the year into 2019

Image

The 'About AF' page on the new website introduces you to who we are, and we sure have grown over the last 2 years!Staff, Volunteers, Interns, 2 Boards, and a growing list of amazing partners. Come and check it out! Let us know what you think —

Image

Front and center on the home page of our brand new website is this beautiful lady — Mole #Salamander. If you look at the new site, you will get a glimpse of our current research programs, most of which center around the family of Mole Salamanders #Ambystomatidae We couldn't think of a more charming species to welcome our new visitors

Image

The new website is live and it is #AmphibiousAF Pictured here is the research and conservation node of the site — the backbone of AF.Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips, me, Pierson Hill, John Jensen, Ryan Myers and Greg Brashear. Striped Newt Dream Team!

Image

Our new website is up and we couldn't be happier! (link in bio) please have a look when you get a chance. There is a LOT on there because we've been busy!!I wanted to start the announcements with a shout out to our wonderful partners (Here's John Jensen GA DNR with a ziploc of Flatwoods Salamander larvae and Leslie Phillips - AF Volunteer)Here's a short video of all our official partnerships. If you have a project we can help with — let us know! https://youtu.be/EWsGW4G0mf0

Image