advancing research and conservation of Texas Eurycea salamanders

Texas representative announces an ammendment to an appropriations bill that would block federal funding for Texas salamanders if listed.

A suite of local news articles this week have covered press releases and a press conference by U.S. Representative John Carter (R-Round Rock, TX) about his plans to file a bill (an amendment to the FY 2013 Interior-Environment Appropriations Funding Bill) that would block federal funding for four Texas Eurycea species if they are listed as endangered. Congressman Carter currently serves on the house appropriations committee (along with fellow representatives from Texas Kay Granger R-Fort Worth and John Abney Culberson R-Houston) and plans to introduce this legislation to the committee this week. Note that no scientists who are familiar with the biology and research on these salamander species were interviewed in any of these news pieces, despite numerous claims about the state and quality of “the science” made by many of those interviewed.

Carter announces federal legislation against salamander listing | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 18, 2012

Lizard decision gives Williamson County officials hope on salamanders | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 17, 2012

Salamanders may be off endangered list: bill blocks listing it as endangered species | KXAN

Legislation proposed to keep salamanders off endangered list | KVUE

Rep Carter announces legislation to stall listing of salamanders as endangered | Impact News by Samantha Bryant

2012 Meeting of the EuryceAlliance this Friday, May 25th!

The 2nd annual meeting of the EuryceAlliance, will be held this Friday, May 25, 2012 at Texas State University — San Marcos. The meeting will be held in the Freeman Aquatic Biology building at Texas State University, room 136. Check-In begins at 9:15am and talks begin at 10am. Please bring cash for the registration fee of $20 regular/$10 student. Receipts will be provided and breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch are included in your registration fee. Please contact Dr. Hayley Gillespie at if you missed registration and plan to attend on Friday. Click here to download the 2012 EuryceAlliance Meeting Schedule & Abstract program. Hope to see you there!

Aquarena Springs Makes Way For Restoration of Spring Lake

Click the link below to read Steve Campbells’ article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram entitled, “Aquarena Springs makes way for restoration of Spring Lake“. The article includes a photo slideshow of the Aquarena Center.

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”.

Living Springs, an interactive documentary on Barton Springs, previews March 14, 2012

Produced by Austin-based filmmaker Karen Kocher, Living Springs will present the history, science and culture of Barton Springs from many different perspectives. Using a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, poets and preachers who share their stories, their passions, and hopes for Austin’s most beloved natural resource. When complete, this is an interactive documentary will be available on-line and as an exhibit at the Beverly Sheffield Education Center at Barton Springs. Learn more at

Preview on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. outside the main gate of Barton Springs Pool, Austin, TX.

Click here to view a preview on Vimeo. 

Sensitive Williamson County Cavern Systems Feed Salamander’s Springs

Please click the title to read the article, “Sensitive Williamson County cavern systems feed salamander’s springs” that appeared today in the Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund about Avery Ranch Cave and Cave Day (April 14). 

EuryceAlliance 2012 Call for Papers + Registration

The Call for Papers and Registration Form are now open for the 2nd meeting of the EuryceAlliance, to be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Texas State University — San Marcos. Please visit to register and submit your abstract. We welcome abstract submissions from anyone interested in presenting on scientific research and/or natural history observations of the Texas Eurycea salamanders. There is no deadline for registration (though please try to do so as soon as possible), and we request that you please submit your abstracts by Friday, May 11, 2012. Please contact Hayley Gillespie at if you are interested in assisting with meeting preparations or have ideas for this summer’s meeting.

Group forms to represent landowners in potential salamander listing

Click the title to read the article, “Group forms to represent landowners in potential salamander listing” which appeared in Community Impact News on March 9, 2012 by Samantha Bryant.

San Marcos Salamander soon to be raised at National Fish Hatchery in Uvalde, TX

Click here to read the article, “Endangered fish species find haven at hatchery,” by John MacCormack that appeared on on Friday, March 9, 2012. The article discusses plans for the National Fish Hatchery at Uvalde, TX to begin captive breeding of Eurycea nana, the San Marcos Salamander, among other endangered aquatic species.

Round Rock resolution rails against Endangered Species Act

Click the title to read the article, “Round Rock resolution rails against Endangered Species Act”  which appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on March 8, 2012 by Benjamin Wermund.