Yellow-spotted Salamander


Yellow-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

This is a robust, heavy bodied salamander averaging about 15 cm in length. The yellow or orange round light spots, arranged in an irregular row along each side of the back is their distinguishing characteristic. This salamander is mostly terrestrial, living in forest litter, under logs, or in burrows, preying on primarily invertebrates, but will devour anything of appropriate size. They are rarely seen except for mass migrations in early spring. Though secretive most of the year, the first heavy rains in the spring, usually result in nocturnal mass exodus to traditional breeding ponds. Eggs are laid in masses after courtship and mating, and will hatch in a few days. Larva usually transform in early July, then disperse.

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Sep
15
Sun
1:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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