Continued efforts are made to save the Eastern Hellbender as numbers continue to decline. This Saturday, August 29th, the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana, is hosting a special event in honor of the hellbender salamanders. Those attending will learn more about the largest salamander in North America and how eggs are being protected to help save the hellbenders.
This very wet summer has tested some ponds ability to hold and safely release excess water. Bob Rode, Extension Aquaculture Specialist, shares how overflow structures, along with other management practices, can aid in the goal of a safe and healthy pond.
With all of the recent rain we have had throughout the state, FNR has received several inquiries about effects on wildlife and what we can expect. Brian MacGowan, extension wildlife specialist, shares how providing wildlife with quality habitat that contains the necessary food, cover and water resources gives them a fighting chance to deal with issues that inevitably arise.
Forests are more than just trees. Our forests represent a complex ecosystem that is constantly changing over time. This complex system, and the associated research involved to understand it, is the focus of the next series of podcasts. Dr. Keith Woeste with the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center shares how improvements can happen to our forests.