Local Slamanders support international research
by Rick Dutko
The data collected during a three year study of amphibians and reptiles at the Lawrence Nature Center’s Drexel Woods will soon be used by a Canadian research scientist. As volunteer naturalist for the Friends of the Lawrence Nature Center, I organized an amphibian and reptile survey, also known as the ‘cover board’ survey, in 2010, which was mentioned on this web site several years ago.
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The lead-backed morph (left) and the red-backed morph (right) of Plethodon cinereus.
Josh Dutko holds two Plethodon cinereus salamanders during a Drexel Woods cover board survey in July of 2013.
Ben Campos and his Troop 15 planted a blackhaw (Viburnum pruniflorum) and a cedar post behind the nature center in his proposed birding feeder station area. Ben and the scouts in his troop will construct the platform feeder and a second hanging feeder, plus four bird houses, in the upcoming months. The feeding station will enhance the beginner birding programs scheduled in January and February of 2012.
In late November and early December, girl scout Delia Monken completed her Silver Award project, a wood duck box. The wood duck box was constructed with cedar wood, included a predator guard and is about twelve feet high in a tree along the Shabakunk Creek. It looks absolutely wonderful! In December a pair of wood ducks was observed nearby on the Shabakunk Creek. How can the wood ducks resist such a beautiful nesting box this spring?
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