NEW BERN, N.C. (March 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in coordination with Weyerhaeuser, is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop at the Cool Springs Environment Education Center in Craven County, on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The workshop is open to anyone 16 and older interested in learning more about salamanders, frogs and toads found in North Carolina. A $10 fee is required to cover costs associated with operating the center, an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, ecology and other environmental topics.
During the morning session,Commission personnel Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will lead a classroom discussion on 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 fieldwork at the center, which sits on nearly1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.
Hall, a Commission biologist, is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats. Campbell is a wildlife educator with the Commission.
Hall expects that participants will find quite a few animals because many amphibians look for mates in March.
“Depending on how skilled the 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.”
The workshop qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification. Educators may receive a Continuing Education Unit for each workshop they attend.
For more information about the workshop, contact Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org 252-670-0090.
For more information about N.C.Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit ncparc.org.
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