February 26, 2015

Reintroduction of the Striped Newt to North Florida.

Speaker: Ryan Means
Coastal Plains Institute

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Social: 7:00 p.m.
Program: 7:30 p.m.

An adult Striped Newt. Photo by Kevin M. Enge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

An adult striped newt. Photo by Kevin M. Enge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Not far from the Publix at Capital Circle and Crawfordville Highway, a bold effort is quietly underway to try to save the small, secretive western striped newt.  The newt was eliminated from the Munson Sandhill area around 2007 and was known only to occur at a site in Georgia.  In 2010, Ryan and his wife Rebecca began working with biologists with the Apalachicola National Forest to initiate a five-year effort to bring the striped newt back to the forest. The effort is a unique attempt to reestablish an extirpated species just like attempts to bring Red Wolf, California Condor, and other charismatic species back from the brink.  The newt is obviously not as showy as much larger species, but the effort is every much as important.  Ryan will provide an update on progress and future prospects for this important missing component of our local fauna.

Ryan Means with a Red Corn Snake.

Ryan Means with a Red Corn Snake.

Ryan Means is a wildlife ecologist with the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy (CPI). Ryan has worked closely with his father, Bruce, as research partners since 1996. His varied research interests include working with amphibians and reptiles, temporary pond metapopulation dynamics, underwater archaeology, and vertebrate paleontology.

 

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