Monday, March 21, 2011

Darke County Parks Holds “Searching for Sallies” Program

It was a very sunny afternoon when the Darke County Parks held their “Searching for Sallies” program. The van was packed full and the group headed out to Drew Woods State Nature preserve to see what they could find. Although no salamanders were found, we did find evidence of their being in the area in the form of a mass of Eastern Tiger Salamander eggs. These were found in a vernal pool within the woods. “Salamanders are shy creatures and finding them can sometimes be a chore” Naturalist Robb Clifford told the group, “but the egg masses prove they are here, we just missed them!”

In addition to signs of “Sallies”, the group witnessed other signs of spring. Upon entering the woods, an American Woodcock was spotted. Along the vernal pools, spring peepers and cricket frogs were heard calling. The group stopped to examine many types of fungi found throughout the area. Perhaps the most exciting sign of spring’s arrival were the Spring Beauties popping up through the soil, though not yet blooming. The group had a great time exploring this special old-growth forest on a beautiful spring afternoon!

Drew Woods State Nature Preserve is thought to be one of the few Old-growth forests still left in this region. Owned by the state, it is managed by Darke County Park District. Entry into this woodlot is by permit only as there are many delicate species found here.

Check out the Nature Notes or visit the website: to see what other programs are offered this spring. We hope to see you out enjoying your Darke County Parks.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Featured Posts

/* Track outbound links in Google Analytics */