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Aquatic Salamander Monitoring

Students monitor aquatic salamander populations and habitats through this program from the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.

Aquatic Salamander Monitoring

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Salamander Capital of the World, with higher diversity of salamanders than anywhere else of similar size. To monitor the salamander populations in Walker Valley, where Tremont is located, we have artificial salamander habitats, or Salamander Hotels, placed in six streams. Using a set protocol, students check each hotel for salamanders and identify, measure, and release any salamanders found. They also record several environmental variables, such as temperature and pH of the stream.

 

Keywords:

Topic – salamander, amphibian, stream ecology 

Audience - students  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, salamander monitoring, research

 

Collaborators:

National Park Service

 

Contacts:

Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany

865-448-6708