Tag: salamanders

  1. “Fishes” field guide dedicated to aquatic biodiversity of the Smokies

    “Fishes” field guide dedicated to aquatic biodiversity of the Smokies Great Smoky Mountains Association has published a new field guide dedicated to some of the aquatic residents of the Smokies. Intuitively organized and small enough to fit in a pocket, Fishes of the Smokies includes detailed photography and key details for each species featured.  Written by debut author Grant Fisher, Fishes of the Read more...
  2. Of Salamanders and a Perpetual Passion for Learning

    Of Salamanders and a Perpetual Passion for Learning Reptiles & Amphibians of the Smokies was used to I.D. this as a Four-Toed Salamander. Photo courtesy of Sue Wasserman. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a pondering wanderer or a wandering ponderer. One of the things I pondered recently was my general disinterest in science when I was in school. While I vaguely Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander!

    Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander! Many of the millions of visitors who cross into Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year arrive with anticipation of seeing wild animals. And when they see them, folks sometimes get so excited they can’t fully control their enthusiasm—especially when the animals are bears. Camera phones are whipped out of pockets. Children& Read more...
  4. Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball

    Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball By Steve Kemp Longtime park partner Discover Life in America (DLIA) has announced its first-ever Salamander Ball on Wheels! This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the Parkway Drive-in Theater in Maryville, TN, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Activities will include live music by guitarist Bill Mize, videos highlighting DLIA’s Read more...
  5. Saving Aquatic Wildlife Becomes Park Ranger’s Passion

    Saving Aquatic Wildlife Becomes Park Ranger’s Passion By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Summer is here! And as temperatures and humidity rise, returning visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park are tempted to dip their toes—and more—in the cool waters of the park’s 2,900 miles of clear mountain streams. Many do not yet know that doing so can put wildlife at Read more...
  6. Long-Lost Number 31: The Green Salamander

    Long-Lost Number 31: The Green Salamander By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research, Discover Life in America Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its inordinately high diversity of salamanders. Indeed, there are 30 documented species, ranging from the tiny pygmy salamander (Desmognathus wrighti) to the huge hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Among the many Read more...
  7. Permanent Camp: Jordan’s Salamander

    Permanent Camp: Jordan’s Salamander Story by George Ellison and Frances Figart, with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison In GSMA’s Species-a-Day perpetual calendar, Jordan’s salamander appears on December 10, where it is written: “Jordan’s red-cheeked salamander is found only in the Southern Appalachians, with most of the known range being in the park. Read more...
  8. Author Reading: The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball

    Author Reading: The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball We are privileged to have author/illustrator Lisa Horstman read her famous award-winning book, The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball. Winner of the National Park Service First Place award for Excellence in 1997, this book has been a Smokies classic for almost 25 years. The idea for The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball Read more...

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