I have often found myself reading something, or wandering the woods and thought to myself, “Hey! Look at this amazing thing! I want to tell someone about this!” only to find no one to tell. Well, this blog is basically a place for me to do just that, to share things for all who may (or may not) be interested. More often than not, the types of things I am compelled to share are related to a beautiful piece of the natural ecosystem most people overlook.
And so, welcome the first in what I hope will become a semi-regular series here on the blog, entitled: Creature Feature. No, not that kind of creature feature... Each installment of this blog series will introduce a unique and amazing creature – animal, plant, and maybe even fungi! In this first installment I introduce you to a creature that spends most of the year out of sight beneath our feet, but once a year ventures from its subterranean home to breed in wooded pools and wetlands – the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).