EuryceAlliance

advancing research and conservation of Texas Eurycea salamanders

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Drought seriously affecting aquatic species of the Edwards Plateau.

An article by Betsy Blaney of the Associated Press appeared in the Austin American Statesman yesterday (August 30, 2011) entitled, “State prepares to capture, move endangered Hill Country species if drought worsens” and discusses the impact of the current drought on aquatic species throughout the hill country, including some of the Texas Eurycea, and the development of possible contingency plans should any springs go dry. In related news, an MSNBC photoblog post by Rich Shulman depicts the Texas Blind Salamander (Eurycea rathbuni) and San Marcos Salamander (Eurycea nana).  This follows last Friday’s article in the Statesman on how the drought is affecting the Barton Springs Salamander, Eurycea sosorum.

It’s too bad it takes a severe drought to get Eurycea in the news, but I’m glad they are getting some attention.

Barton Springs Salamanader featured on ARKive.org

ARKive.org (an online archive of images and videos of rare and threatened species) recently featured the Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) on its “ARKive On The Road” blog during the Ecological Society of America meeting in Austin, Texas. Click here to read the full story. If you’ve never explored ARKive.org, take a few minutes to see what it has to offer.

Call for photos and videos of Texas Eurycea!

Many species of the Texas Eurycea are featured on ARKive.org, and the site is in need of high-quality videos of many of the Texas Eurycea species in their natural habitats. Consider this an open call to EuryceAlliance members who have such video to please email (eurycealliance@gmail.com) and let me know what type of video you have for which species of Eurycea.  I’ll pass on your contact info and a list of videos to the ARKive organizers . Images and video are especially needed for the Salado Salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis).

You may also notice that not all of the species profiles on ARKive.org for the Texas Eurycea are complete. A program called ARKive and Universities in which graduate students  write species profiles (that are credited to them on the website) that are then reviewed by species experts. If you have any graduate students that are interested in writing Texas Eurycea profiles, or are willing to serve as a reviewer for these profiles, please email eurycealliance@gmail.com and I’ll pass on your information to ARKive.

Thanks for your interest!

Welcome to the EuryceAlliance!

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the new website for the EuryceAlliance! The EuryceAlliance is a scientific working group dedicated to advancing scientific research on and conservation of the threatened and endangered Eurycea salamanders of the Edwards Plateau of central Texas. Our first meeting was held at Texas State University on June 10, 2011 and attracted over 40 participants from many of the agencies and institutions you see linked on the right-hand side of this page. 11 researchers presented their recent work. We had the opportunity to discuss research and conservation challenges and decided on a bi-annual meeting structure.

Feel free to take a look around the new site. I welcome your feedback as it continues to be developed and encourage people to submit their ideas for what more the site could offer. On this main page you’ll find special EuryceAlliance announcements (including meeting information and other events) and current news about the Texas Eurycea. On the Meetings page you can view the meeting programs and abstracts, and I am working to upload videos of the scientific presentations from our meetings. On the Resources page you’ll soon be able to view a bibliography of Texas Eurycea related reports, books and scientific papers compiled by Nathan Bendik and myself. Nate and I need your help finding any publications we may not know of yet (we’re always finding new things!) and we request that you send us digital or print copies if you have them. You can also join the EuryceAlliance listserv by clicking the link on the right-hand side of this page. The listserv will help us keep in touch between meetings, share research and permitting tips and discuss important Eurycea conservation and research related issues.

Please be patient as the site is under construction. If you’d like more information in the meantime, have ideas for the EuryceAlliance or want to get involved with the next meeting, please let me know by email!

Most Sincerely,

Hayley Gillespie (eurycealliance@gmail.com)