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How Austin Residents Learned to Coexist with the Barton Springs Salamander

An article appeared today in the SustainaBlog entitled, “How Austin Residents Learned to Coexist with the Barton Springs Salamander”.

Vermont Law School Publishes Top 10 Environmental Watch List

“Texas salamander” gets a mention at #9 (Landmark Settlement Under the Endangered Species Act) on the Vermont Law School’s Top 10 Environmental [Law] Watch List 2011-2012:

Texas Blind Salamanders found in El Paso’s City Hall |

I’m not really sure what to make of this article in the Borderzine……? Anyone? Texas Blind Salamanders found in El Paso’s City Hall

Austin Salamander Savior Jonathan Hillis

Meet Order of the Arrow national chief and Austin Salamander Savior Jonathan Hillis

Congrats to Austin Salamander Savior Jonathan Hillis for his election as 2011 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes Boy Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Here’s an excerpt from last weeks’ article in the Summit Blog about Jonathan:

“As the son of a biology professor, Hillis has a certain affinity for environmental studies. He chose to develop conservation efforts for the highly endangered Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum). Interestingly, his own father, Dr. David Hillis, discovered the species.

Hillis organized the restoration of habitat, which is only found in the Edwards Aquifer in Texas, his home state. Hillis began the project by removing silt and concrete from the springs, while also organizing the reconstruction of the drainage systems. To top it all off, he replanted native vegetation which helped hold the revitalized environment together.

As a result of his efforts, Hillis received the William T. Hornaday Award for conservation from the Boy Scouts of America, while also getting some local recognition, too.

The mayor of his hometown gave him the honorary title of “Austin Salamander Savior,” and when Hillis received the Vigil Honor, he received the Vigil name “Savior of the Salamanders.””

Click here to read the full article: What Do Salamanders, Texas And The OA Have In Common? | Summit Blog!.

Barton Springs Salamanader featured on (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, 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, 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 ( 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 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 and I’ll pass on your information to ARKive.

Thanks for your interest!