DEEP: Celebrate the Year of the Salamander at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby

2014 Press Release
June 19, 2014
 
 
Celebrate the Year of the Salamander at
Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is hosting a program, Connecticut Salamanders, to help residents become aware of salamanders in our area and the importance of their survival.  Join DEEP staff at the Kellogg Environmental Center as we explore streams and wetlands on Saturday, June 28, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  All ages are welcome but children will need an adult to accompany them.  Dress for the weather and possible mud, some hiking is required.
 
The year 2014 has been proclaimed the Year of the Salamander by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) to raise awareness for salamander conservation. DEEP is participating in this effort by showcasing Connecticut’s twelve native salamander species throughout the year. Other state and federal wildlife agencies, along with several conservation organizations, are also partnering with PARC to foster appreciation and understanding of salamanders.  We hope you will take part in this program to understand the importance of balance in habitats and the challenges salamanders are facing.  We will focus on proper searching methods as well as handling and release of the creatures back to their surroundings.
 
Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT.  The program is offered free of charge, donations accepted. For further information, directions, or to register, call the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov