Mudpuppy Night at Oxford Mills
Mudpuppy night in Oxford Mills:
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: Meet at 6:30 PM
Meeting place: near Pizza-Pizza on Wal-Mart Plaza in Westboro for carpooling:
Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre
1338 Richmond Rd
Ottawa, ON K2B 8L4
Duration: Approximately 4 - 4.5 hours
Questions: by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone at 613-232-7297.
"Mudpuppies (Necturus maculosus) are foot-long permanently aquatic Salamanders. They retain the gills and smooth skin of larvae as adults, and go undetected in many water-bodies because of their secretive habits. Mudpuppies are slow and cautious, though they can swim nearly as fast as a fish on occasion. In May female guards the eggs, and attend the larvae after they hatch”. You can read this on the pinicola website with all information about mudpuppy nights, which have been organized since 1998 - http://pinicola.ca/mudpup1.htm.
Winter is the only time when this secretive and miraculous species can be observed closely and sometimes in quite large numbers. These giant aquatic Salamanders are active in cold nights. Excursions are usually organized by Fred Schueler and Aleta Karstad every Friday during the season, when the thick ice has already been established. Fred and Aleta kindly agreed to lead this excursion for us.
Observations will be conducted in Grenville County: Oxford-on-Rideau: Oxford Mills Dam, Kemptville Creek. This place is the best for viewing of Mudpuppy in Ontario. Be prepared according to weather and do not forget the bright headlamps for observation of spectacular Mudpuppies.
Excursion led by Frederick Schueler and Aleta Karstad
Small donations are welcomed.