Good Morning 4-H Members, Families and Volunteers,
I’m sorry for the delayed weekly announcement. I have some very exciting news from one of our 4-H Clubs, Salamander Savers. Please see the below note from club manager, Anna Kim:
Delegate Eileen Filler-corn has written HB 459 on behalf of the Salamander Savers 4-H Club to nominate the red salamander as the state salamander of Virginia.
Over the last year, Salamander Savers 4-H Club has been asking local lawmakers to help them recognize a state salamander to raise awareness for salamander populations across the state. Virginia is home to 56 different species of salamanders, but Salamander Savers 4-H Club believes the red salamander, pseudotriton ruber, best represents the state of Virginia. The red salamander is widely spread throughout Virginia and inhabits a variety of woodland habitats. Virginia would be the first state to nominate the red salamander as its state salamander.
Jonah Kim, the president of Salamander Savers 4-H Club, started the club with his brothers three years ago in response to the dredging of Woodglen Lake. Since then, Salamander Savers 4-H Club has grown in numbers and has taken part in numerous ecological activities, ranging from stream monitoring to salamander surveys. This year Salamander Savers hopes to see HB 459 pass, which would name the red salamander Virginia’s official state salamander.
Salamander Savers has been working diligently to nominate the red salamander as the state salamander of Virginia; however, Salamander Savers still needs your help. Please call, write, or email your representatives in Richmond and ask them to support HB 459, which names the red salamander as Virginia’s official state salamander. There is a link to find your representatives on our website as well as a sample letter https://savethesalamanders.weebly.com/help-red-salamander.html.
You can also check out a wonderful video they did here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQZ-nYA1Sn8&t=150s. Congratulations to all the members of Salamander Savers and how hard they have worked towards this!
Below are some of the announcements I have of statewide opportunities that are coming up:
If there are any more opportunities that I missed, or you would like me to add something to next week’s weekly announcement, please send it to me! Below is the schedule for Fairfax County over the next two weeks!
4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent