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March 22, 2014

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary hosts educational salamander event

Learn about the types of salamanders at Hawk Moutnain

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary challenges visitors to look for salamanders during the “Salamander Search” event April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn the difference between a newt and a salamander and discover what species are common on the forest floor. The search costs $10 and advance registration is required at 610-756-6961.

Todd Bauman, Hawk Mountain’s Director of Land and Facilities, will be leading this event.

“Hawk Mountain Sanctuary hosts a greater diversity of salamanders than most of the world” says Bauman. The Sanctuary is home to around twelve species of salamander, and the best time to find them is in the spring and summer.

There are 22 species of salamanders in Pennsylvania, representing five families and 11 genera. As a group, salamanders are nocturnal and tend to keep to themselves. They are often confused for lizards, but salamanders lack the claws, scales, and external ear openings that lizards have. Salamanders also have smooth skin and need some form of moisture to survive, which is why Hawk Mountain’s salamanders are often found by the pond at Schaumbach Tavern. The Salamander Search is a rare opportunity to see these animals when they are active.

Bauman has more than 15 years of experience in land stewardship. He supervises all aspects of visitor relations at Hawk Mountain and he recently co-established the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps, a service learning program for local teens.

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs. Visit www.hawkmountain.org to learn more.

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