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Stream Salamanders as Biological Indicators of Water Quality: Field Research at Highlands Biological Station

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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April 13


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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FIELD | Saturday, April 13, 1 – 4 p.m.

Southern Appalachian headwater streams are home to a great diversity of salamander species. Because salamanders are sensitive to environmental change, they may be used (along with macroinvertebrates) as biological indicators of stream health. Participants in this field experience taught by Naturalist/Educator Patrick Brannon will view a presentation on the biology of regional salamanders and then be given an opportunity to collect and identify species found in an stream onsite at the Station. Through data collected that day and previously, we will also examine the effects of microhabitat availability and water quality on salamander populations, interpreting graphs and using critical thinking skills to answer a variety of questions.

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