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  • Town closes road for salamander crossing

    03/17/2013 10:57:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | March. 17, 2013
    EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., - Just like San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has its swallows and Hinckley Township, Ohio, has its buzzards, East Brunswick, N.J., has its salamanders. Each spring, the salamanders make a pilgrimage out of the woods in search of mates and for the past 11 years the good folks of East Brunswick and neighboring South Brunswick have been doing their part to help make the magic happen by closing Beekman Road to help ensure the 3-inch amphibians' safety on their way to required wetlands. The annual migration by hundreds of salamanders began last Tuesday, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Sunday....
  • [Texas] Drought could push salamanders to brink of extinction

    08/27/2011 8:46:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 27, 2011 | Marty Toohey
    The nearly yearlong drought has been tough on the endangered Barton Springs salamander, so much so that city officials say survival prospects have notably diminished for the unofficial mascot of Austin environmentalism.
  • Mystery of deadly bomber Hofmann endures after 25 years

    10/16/2010 5:00:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Christopher Smart
    Mark HofmannÂ’s name looms large in Utah history and Mormon lore, castigated as an evil genius and a fraud who deceived his church, his friends and even his wife. But 25 years after the master forger murdered two people with nail bombs and sent Salt Lake City into a panic, he remains an enigma. Despite a trove of books and scores of newspaper stories probing the Hofmann saga, no one is sure what forces shaped him into a liar and a killer and how he could do both so proficiently. Today, Hofmann lives quietly at Utah State Prison in Draper,...
  • "Snot Otter" Sperm to Save Giant Salamander?

    08/23/2010 10:50:49 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 102 replies · 8+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | August 20, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore
    It may be a shot in the dark, but freezing sperm is one of the last chances to save the hellbender, North America's biggest salamander, conservationists say. Hellbenders—also known as snot otters and devil dogs—have dwindled throughout their range, which once encompassed streams from northeastern Arkansas to New York. The 2.5-foot-long (0.7-meter-long) amphibians have declined by 80 to 90 percent in most of their traditional watersheds in recent decades, and healthy populations now haunt only isolated pockets of southern Appalachia (see map) and Pennsylvania, said Dale McGinnity, curator of reptiles at Nashville Zoo. All of the states in the hellbender's...
  • Salamander's egg surprise - Algae enjoy symbiotic relationship with embryos.

    08/10/2010 12:27:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Nature News ^ | 4 August 2010 | Anna Petherick
    Scientists have stumbled across the first example of a photosynthetic organism living inside a vertebrate's cells. The discovery is a surprise because the adaptive immune systems of vertebrates generally destroy foreign biological material. In this case, however, a symbiotic alga seems to be surviving unchallenged — and might be giving its host a solar-powered metabolic boost. Algae cohabit with salamander embryos in their eggs — and inside their cells.T. LEVIN/PHOTOLIBRARY.COM The embryos of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) have long been known to enjoy a mutualistic relationship with the single-celled alga Oophila amblystomatis. The salamanders' viridescent eggs are coloured by...
  • California salamander protection could affect farming

    03/03/2010 6:50:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 631+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/3/10 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO — State wildlife officials today ruled that the California tiger salamander deserves protection as a threatened species, subjecting landowners to more scrutiny if they want to build or farm in the amphibian's habitat. The California Fish and Game Commission made the decision after finding roughly 400,000 acres of the amphibian's habitat is threatened by future development and the expansion of farming, mostly in the Central Valley. The tiger salamander lives in nearly half the state's counties, in a region that stretches from Yolo County north of Sacramento to Santa Barbara County. "We have learned over the years, at our...
  • Freakish Mexican salamander Axolotl verges on wild extinction

    08/26/2009 12:22:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,503+ views
    bbc. ^ | 26 August 2009
    The amphibian that never grew up is on the verge of going extinct in the wild. New survey work suggests that fewer than 1,200 Mexican axolotls remain in its last stronghold, the Xochimilco area of central Mexico. The axolotl is a type of salamander that uniquely spends its whole life in its larval form. Its odd lifestyle, features and ability to regenerate body parts make it a popular animal kept in labs, schools and as pets. But in the wild, the future is bleak for this "Peter Pan" of animals.
  • Mexican salamander may yield clues for amputees

    06/17/2009 1:30:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 547+ views
    reuters. ^ | Jun 17, 200 | Mica Rosenberg
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Scientists are genetically modifying a bizarre looking Mexican salamander, which according to ancient mythology is a transformed Aztec god, in the hope its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees.
  • Obama administration tries to (protect??) local salamander (more land confiscation)

    05/08/2009 9:18:10 AM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 442+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 5/8/09 | Bob Egelko
    The Obama administration has reversed a Bush administration decision and is proposing to restrict development on 74,000 acres in Sonoma County that is habitat for the endangered California tiger salamander. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service settled a lawsuit this week by an environmental group challenging its decision in 2005, under President George W. Bush, to withdraw the designation of land on the Santa Rosa Plain as critical habitat for the rare amphibian. The area covers farmland, housing and open space from Windsor in the north to Skillman Road northwest of Petaluma. Under the agency's proposal, any development that might...
  • What is That Creature?

    04/02/2009 3:11:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,355+ views
    The Daily Dunkln Democrat ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2009 | Deanna Coronado
    "What in the world is that? A snake, eel, possibly a salamander?" These are the questions that likely traveled through the mind of a Dunklin County resident who recently located a strange looking creature in a ditch positioned in the front yard of his home. According to local Missouri Department of Conservation Agent, Eric Heuring, he recently visited the area residence to exam the animal and found himself, like the homeowner, in awe. "After arriving at the residence and taking a look at it, I found myself speechless," Heuring said of the strange find. It turns out that the once...
  • EDGE Amphibians: World's Weirdest Creatures Just Got Weirder

    01/25/2008 4:01:13 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies · 2,312+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-25-2008 | Zoological Society of London.
    EDGE Amphibians: World's Weirdest Creatures Just Got WeirderThe Chinese giant salamander can grow up to 1.8m in length and evolved independently from all other amphibians over one hundred million years before Tyrannosaurus rex. (Credit: Image courtesy of Zoological Society of London) ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2008) — A gigantic, ancient relative of the newt, a drawing-pin sized frog, a limbless, tentacled amphibian and a blind see-through salamander have all made it onto a list of the world’s weirdest and most endangered creatures. ZSL EDGE programme is highlighting some of the world’s most extraordinary creatures currently threatened with extinction. This year ZSL...
  • CA: Judge reverses species protection ruling (Tiger salamander)

    12/20/2006 6:28:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 460+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A judge has overturned a decision by state wildlife regulators to reject a petition to give protected status to the California tiger salamander. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly ordered the Fish and Game Commission to conduct a 12-month review to determine whether to list the yellow-and-black amphibian as an endangered or threatened species. Connelly said the commission "misstated or ignored substantial evidence" and "relied on conflicting information of doubtful scientific value" when it voted 3-2 two years ago to reject the petition to list the salamander under the California Endangered Species Act. In the Dec....
  • Feds shrink acreage set aside for Calif. tiger salamander

    08/23/2005 6:40:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies · 398+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday August 23, 2005 | TERENCE CHEA
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Federal wildlife officials said Tuesday they would cut by nearly half the amount of land set aside for the California tiger salamander, saying it would be too costly to restrict development in those areas to protect the threatened amphibian. Home builders applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to scale back the number of acres designated as the salamander's critical habitat, but environmentalists said it would hurt the species' recovery and accused the Bush administration of ignoring science to appease developers. The California tiger salamander a yellow-and-black amphibian that lives in woodlands, grasslands and vernal pools...
  • Judge declares Calif salamander endangered in two counties (Santa Barbara and Sonoma)

    08/19/2005 5:31:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 570+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge here on Friday declared the California tiger salamander an endangered species in Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. The decision by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, if it survives, might postpone, preclude or make it costlier to develop thousands of acres in the two counties. The species is already listed as threatened across the state, meaning some development restrictions exist in its habitat surrounding certain wetlands and other areas. Under Friday's decision, however, restrictions could be bolstered. The ruling does not become law for more than a month to allow for appeals. "We do...
  • CA: Protecting California tiger salamander to cost $367 million, study says

    07/15/2005 6:20:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 675+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/15/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Protecting the California tiger salamander as a threatened species will cost the state $367 million in lost development opportunities over the next two decades, federal wildlife officials said Friday. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis estimated the economic impact of designating about 382,000 acres in 20 California counties as the salamander's "critical habitat" where development would be restricted. The critical habitat designations for the California tiger salamander's central population - which includes populations in the San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast and San Francisco Bay area - were proposed in August last year, and a final rule...
  • President Bush,Sonoma County Tiger Salamander & vernal wetlands

    06/18/2005 11:38:17 AM PDT · by veracity · 8 replies · 362+ views
    We need more protection for the California Tiger Salamander and its habitat, the vernal wetlands of Sonoma County. It is a hard, scientific fact that a great deal of the planet's life depends directly on the existence of wetlands ( visit http://ceres.ca.gov/wetlands/ ). California has lost 95% of its vernal wetlands, and Sonoma County has lost 85% of its vernal wetlands habitats. Vernal wetlands function, among other things, as flood control, they filter and recharge our groundwater, and in Sonoma County, they feed the Petaluma and Russian Rivers and the Pacific Ocean, and they form the headwaters of the Laguna...
  • Save Some Salamanders

    06/17/2005 8:53:55 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 74 replies · 718+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 6/16/2005 | CNAH - NEWS RELEASE
    Save Some Salamanders Wednesday, June 15, 2005: Lawrence, Kansas - CNAH - NEWS RELEASE The Center for North American Herpetology Lawrence, Kansas http://www.cnah.org 16 June 2005 SOS FIGHTS FOR A NEW SALAMANDERAustin environmentalists want federal officials to put the Tonkawa Springs Salamander on endangered list Modified from an article by Stephen Scheibal American-Statesman Staff 14 June 2005 An Austin environmental group has asked federal officials to add the Tonkawa Springs Salamander (Eurycea tonkawae) to the list of endangered species, potentially creating new development controversies along the Travis-Williamson county line. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which enforces the Endangered Species...
  • CA/OR: New salamander species identified

    05/17/2005 5:59:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 914+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/17/05 | William McCall - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A new species of salamander has been identified in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and Northern California, demonstrating the biological richness of the region, researchers say. The Scott Bar salamander, classified as Plethodon asupak, had been considered to be a member of the Siskiyou Mountains salamander species, or Plethodon stormi, until genetic analysis showed a distinct evolutionary line, said Joseph Vaile of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland. "Everyone talks about how biologically rich the tropics are, but we are still discovering species right here in the Klamath-Siskiyou," Vaile said. The word "asupak" is the...
  • Shy salamander has developers on tenterhooks (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

    02/18/2005 10:29:25 AM PST · by TenaciousZ · 20 replies · 741+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02/18/2005 | Jim Doyle
    Ambystoma californiense, the California tiger salamander, has found success where die-hard environmentalists have failed: The lowly reptile has single-handedly slowed down Sonoma County's relentless growth. The reclusive, rarely seen creature has been credited with -- or blamed for -- delaying a dozen major construction projects on the Santa Rosa plain. It has stalled everything from new housing subdivisions and a shopping mall to a Santa Rosa elementary school. ... Conservationists have championed such issues to slow growth in their county, but no issue has matched the salamander's record for halting development. The salamander, builders say, has put on hold the...
  • Tiger salamander gets protected status in California

    07/27/2004 10:04:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 802+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/27/04 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal wildlife officials agreed to grant protection to the California tiger salamander and its habitat, handing a major victory to conservationists but angering farmers and real estate developers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will list the salamander as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act - a designation that makes it unlawful to harm the salamander and restricts development in its habitat, which is primarily found in the Central Valley, Central Coast and San Francisco Bay area. "It's a huge conservation milestone because we're protecting one of California's most imperiled...
  • Salamander endangers education, threatens property rights

    06/17/2004 10:06:43 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 60 replies · 561+ views
    Freedom 21 Santa Cruz ^ | Jun 15, 2004 | Brent Duncan
    long-toed salamander is threatening to devour a $24 million school construction project and may also consume the property rights of many residents in this rural community on the Monterey Bay. No, this isn't the plot of another far-fetched disaster movie by the UFO-logists who brought us "A Day After Tomorrow". It is, however, becoming an increasingly common theme played out in communities around the nation, courtesy of eco-litigators backed by the Endangered Species Act. The Aptos Salamander situation not only provides a new perspective on the endangered-education angle, it is helping local residents recognize that the cost of eco-indulgence may...
  • California salamander proposed for threatened status

    05/17/2003 8:19:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 268+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/17/03 | Lisa Leff - AP
    <p>SUNOL, Calif. (AP) - A stocky, distinctively marked salamander with a penchant for spending summers chilling out in gopher holes is the newest California candidate for threatened species status.</p> <p>Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday they want to add the California tiger salamander to the list of plants and animals entitled to special protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.</p>