The western striped newt is on the brink of extinction and needs your help! We have initiated a ground-breaking salamander repatriation effort in North Florida to save the newt before it vanishes. We are on the cusp of success but funding is limited. Continued fundraising remains a crucial part of this study. We have created the Adopt-a-Newt program so that you can directly support the research and education involved in conserving this species.
Here’s how it works. Read over the descriptions below of our 4 striped newt repatriation ponds. Select your donation level from the menu and chose your striped newt pond. We will send you updates during the field season about the newts from your pond as well as photos and fact sheets along the way.
Meet the ponds
Pond 16 was the wetland around which we first installed a drift fence. The first year of striped newt repatriations occurred solely at this wetland. We have since repatriated larvae and adults. It is the deepest wetland and holds water longer than the other 3 wetlands. This pond is a favorite for our educational field trips because of the presence of wetlands nearby that are large enough for big groups to dipnet. We hope the striped newts that we put in this wetland expand their population and breed in these other nearby wetlands.
Pond 18 We like to say this pond is where the music is playing. Over 100 larvae and 30 adults have been repatriated to this wetland thus far. Most importantly, here is where we captured our first striped newt adult returning to breed. We have had trouble with off-road mud bogging at this wetland. Four wheelers have run over our fence and spun out in the wetland basin. This kind of activity not only causes damage to the vegetation, animals, and hydroperiod of the wetland, it also damages the pond liner we installed to help improve conditions for growing newt larvae.
Pond 75 wins our award of most likely to flood. We likely will be moving the drift fence that surrounds this wetland farther up into the uplands in the coming year. We have documented many species using this wetland including oak toads, pinewoods and barking treefrogs, gopher frogs, and ornate chorus frogs. We have repatriated larvae and adult striped newts into this wetland over the past two years.
Pond 182 is very close to Pond 75. It is our smallest wetland but still provides important breeding habitat for gopher frogs and ornate chorus frogs. Once we captured a softshell turtle face down in one of our traps. Last year we caught quite a lot of common mud turtle babies trying to enter the wetland. This wetland is off the beaten track so to speak. You have to hike in and yet we have had trouble with trap vandalism at this wetland for some reason.
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Be the difference between a species flourishing in its native habitat and a species disappearing completely! For ‘mated pair’ donation levels, or higher, you will also receive an invitation to participate in a striped newt release. If this is a gift, provide mailing or email address of where to send gift card in check-out. We may contact you for clarification or details.
If you would like to mail your payment, please provide the above information and mail your check to 1313 Milton Street, Tallahassee FL 32303