NEW BERN, N.C. (March 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads and salamanders.
The workshop, which is free, will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on April 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects that people can have on these environmentally sensitive animals.
In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.
Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will be one of the workshop leaders. Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.
Hall said that workshop participants should expect to find quite a few animals because April is primetime for many amphibians looking for mates.
“Depending on how skilled participants are at locating animals, we could find any one of 14 species of toads and frogs that are known to live at Cool Springs, from the extremely small grass frog to the extremely large — and noisy — American bullfrog,” Hall said. “Ten salamander species call Cool Springs home, including the largest of our salamanders, the two-toed amphiuma, a very interesting-looking critter that would be an unusual find for many folks.”
“Amphibians of North Carolina” is the second of three workshops that Hall, along with Mike Campbell, an educator with the Wildlife Commission, will be conducting on amphibians and reptiles this spring. The third and final workshop, “Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina” will be held at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshops qualify for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification. Educators may receive one CEU credit for each workshop they attend.
For more information about the workshop, contact Hall at 252- 917-1683, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Campbell, 252-670-0090, email@example.com.
For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit ncparc.org.
A hi-resolution version of the photograph above can be downloaded here. Please credit Jeff Hall.