We began our day along Six Mile Creek, a body of water near and dear to the City of Ithaca since it provides our drinking water.
We broke the record for number of spring salamanders found in a trip. Spring salamanders are in the same family as redback salamanders: Plethodontidae, or lungless salamanders. They are nowhere near as common as the redbacks and they are more likely to be in creeks rather than under logs, making them harder to find.
While searching the creek, we also found several aquatic adult red spotted newts, Notopthalmus viridescens. You may be familiar with their juvenile form, the brightly colored terrestrial red efts.