Inside The New York Botanical Garden

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Red-backed Salamanders

Posted in Wildlife on March 30 2016, by Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.

Red-backed salamanderSince 2010, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of our citizen scientist volunteers. From time to time, I get to join them during their phenology walks in the Thain Family Forest. While they conduct their tree studies, I keep an eye out for owls, hawks, raccoons, and other wildlife that call the forest their home. On a recent phenology adventure, I got to photograph one of the Garden’s more elusive inhabitants: the Eastern red-backed salamander. Thanks to our intrepid Forest Manager, Jessica Schuler, I enjoyed a wonderful close-up encounter.

Here’s a brief video clip of my new friend, with Schuler discussing the importance of
these amphibians:


Sue said:

Fascinating and Eye-opening!
Thanks, Jessica and Pat.

Pippin said:

Pat! This is just wonderful! You really caught a special moment with Jessica and the red-backed salamanders. I’ve been watching for this video . . .

Barbara Reiner said:

very interesting….thanks