By: Crystal Cockman
“Brr… that’s cold!” US Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species biologist Sarah McRae exclaims putting on her damp gloves for day three of a week long survey for an interesting species known only from the Neuse and Tar River basins in North Carolina – the Neuse River Waterdog (Necturus lewisi).
Accompanying Sarah on day three means we’re fairly likely to find one of these cute little creatures, considering historical records from these sites confirm they have been here in the past. This is fieldwork even a layperson can help with, as these unique fully aquatic salamanders are not going to be mistaken for anything else. There is nothing else like them in these waters. [Read more…]