AE21 Salamander Diversity in the Blue Ridge

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Tuesday November 2

1:30 PM  –  3:00 PM

Salamander Diversity in the Blue Ridge

Instructor: Patrick Brannon

ONLINE* Tuesday, November 2, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

$35 Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

BRN Elective | NC EE Criteria III***


More species of salamanders exist in the Southern Appalachians than anywhere else in the world. The class will begin with a lecture focusing on the biology of salamanders, reasons for the enormous diversity in this region and threats to salamander species. A self-guided lesson provided by the instructor encourages participants to take their learning into the field to investigate salamander habitats and identify different species in their areas.  

Patrick Brannon is the Outreach Education Specialist at the WCU Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC. He holds a M.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University, and has performed research on the ecology of salamanders and small mammals. He currently teaches a course on amphibians as part of the UNC Institute for the Environment Program at HBS, in addition to many K-12 school programs and educator workshops.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. 


***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.


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