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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Oct
3
Sat
9:00 am SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
SWE Woodland Ecology I: Introduc...
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Woodland Ecology I: Introduction to Forest Stewardship This course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own woodlot whether it be creating better access, harvesting wood or
Oct
11
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 11 @ 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.
Nov
7
Sat
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
SWE Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and...
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling Spring Session: Saturday, April 11th Fall Session: Saturday,November 7th When trying to manage a forest, being informed about the specific composition of species, soils, water and light is a
Nov
8
Sun
9:00 am SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
SWE Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenan...
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling Spring Session: Sunday, April 12th Fall Session: Sunday,November 8th This course will continue to build on skills learned in Basic Chainsaw I. The morning will be devoted to learning

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