Pictures are by Beckha Drake Photography.
On a cold, dreary Saturday at Hidden Pond, Salamander Savers made preparations for Salamander Saturday, a public event that focuses on educating the community about salamanders and the environment. Despite the stormy weather, almost forty people attended Salamander Saturday. For our younger guests, we created numerous salamander related games, such as Salamander Mazes and Where do Salamanders Live. We also constructed a number of display boards that contained information about salamanders and the environment. Some of our posters included: Salamanders that Live in Fairfax, What You Can Do to Reduce Pollution, Salamander Life Cycle, Facts about Salamanders, and Wriggling Worms and Slippery Salamanders. Despite the many fantastic display boards we presented at Salamander Saturday, the crown jewel of this event were our two, slimy guests: a marbled salamander and a spotted salamander. These two amphibians enjoyed this rather wet Salamander Saturday and got to meet Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, a member of the Virginia General Assembly. During her stay, Eileen agreed to help Salamander Savers in advocating for the Shenandoah Salamander as the state amphibian of Virginia, a group project that was started last January. Even though the weather was dreary, Salamander Saturday was a great success for our group, and we look forward to nominating the Shenandoah Salamander as the state amphibian of Virginia..
~ Gabriel Kim & Jonah Kim