Wildlife
Hellbender Release
The Hellbender salamander is North America's largest salamander. However, its population has been declining over the past decades. Find out more about a study a FNR extension specialist and his team are conducting in order to help improve the population of this endangered species.
How Our Zoos Help the Hellbenders, FNR-544
Purdue University has teamed up with four zoos to protect hellbenders. This effort is a worldwide collaboration as zoos, government agencies, and other conservation groups, implement much-needed conservation initiatives. Check out these videos and a new publication titled "How Our Zoos Help Hellbenders." Learn about the zoos that are collaborating with Purdue and the conservation efforts.
FNR 546 W Cover
Purdue's FNR staff provides us with another free publication, this time focusing on the potential economic gains of growing hops along the fence lines of newly established forest stands.
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, FNR-516, book
Indiana is home to 17 frog and toad species, and this full-color book covers all of them. Whether you are a herpetologist, a recreational amphibian enthusiast or just want to learn more about frogs and toads, you will want to travel with this new publication. This 50-page book includes full-color photos, a physical description, a list of similar species, and a description of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Stream with bank erosion.
It's Arbor Day again, and it's time to celebrate the importance of trees.Trees not only benefit people, they benefit aquatic wildlife like the Hellbender salamander.

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