Salamander Night Hike

Turkey Run Park

Get ready to get your feet wet and join us for a salamander hunt! Join Parklands Interpretive Rangers on March 16th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park as we learn about the salamander life cycle and search for salamanders in all their life stages in the vernal pools and small streams of Turkey Run Park.

During the program talk to an expert in the field of salamander ecology! Olivia Weaver will be joining us for the program, she is a PhD Student at UofL, has a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz and is studying the intersection of kin recognition, mate choice and paedomorphosis in Ambytsomatid salamanders.

Early spring is a great time to discover these secretive, semi-aquatic amphibians as they return to the water to lay their eggs. Meet the group at the Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park as we investigate the importance of vernal pool habitats and discuss the Parklands role in the conservation of these unique ecosystems. Participants will get a chance to wade in small creeks to find salamanders and will learn how and when to handle these fascinating but sensitive forest wonders.

We will be hiking on uneven surfaces and most likely stepping in wet areas where salamanders prefer to live. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and the activity.

To protect the sensitive salamander population and habitat within The Parklands, the hike requires registration. It is free for Parklands members and $10 for non-members. Click the link below to reserve your spot today!