Sept. 7 Floating Classroom provided an overview on amphibians with a special focus on the hellbender
Nearly 60 people enjoyed the Sept. 7 Floating Classroom focused on amphibians aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat in Williamsport.
Hellbender researcher Dr. Peter Petokas, Lycoming County Water Specialist Carey Entz, herpetologist Devin Welch and student assistant Lily Saar shared information about a wide variety of amphibians that can be found in our watersheds, the differences between them and reptile species and raised awareness about species of concern, such as the Eastern hellbender.
Outside of the presentation and up-close observation of numerous species, families also colored awareness sheets for the hellbender and had discussions with the different experts on board.
For more specifically on the Eastern hellbender, check out a recent two-story package with photos and video involving a special hellbender release initiative involving Dr. Petokas and his team.
Check out a glimpse into the program via the following video and the photo gallery below.
For more on our Floating Classroom program, including upcoming programs, click here.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.