New Species of Leopard Frog identified in Mid Atlantic Region

Written by charlie   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:57
A new species of Leopard Frog was positively identified this year after it was discovered in 1937 by Carl Kauffeld. Not found in a remote rain forest, it was discovered in a Staten Island marsh! The "new" Leopard Frog is believed to range between North Carolina and Connecticut, overlapping both the habitats of the Northern Leopard Frog and Southern Leopard Frog.

Kauffeld was considered an expert on amphibians and had worked as the Director of the Staten Island Zoo and at the American Museum of Natural History. He passed away in 1974 at age 64.

Kauffeld's discovery was never verified, and it sat largely forgotten until 2008, when a Rutgers University PhD candidate, Jeremy Feinberg furthered the research by leading a diverse team of scientists, who not only compared it's DNA and calls and croaks to other leopard frogs, but also mapped the range of its habitat.

In a nod to Kauffield, the frog was named Rana kauffeldi in his honor. More info here:

">New Frog Discovered Inhabiting I-95 Corridor from Connecticut to North Carolina Leopard Frog
 
 

40 of the Worlds Weirdest Flowers

Written by charlie   
Friday, 27 February 2015 14:05
The breadth of variability between plants and their adaptations for their environments is enormous and always ingenious. The blog, flowersacrossmelbourne.com, found 40 of the weirdest flowers, many (most?!) I have never laid eyes on before. Of interest to me was the snapdragon, I never knew that it's pods resemble a dragons skull after going to seed. It's one of the few on the list that is non tropical, and this is reason enough to plant them this spring!

Here is the link: 40 of the Worlds Weirdest Flowers
Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 14:21
 

Dr. James Gosselink, Wetland Scientist and Author

Written by charlie   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:00
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Dr. James Gordon Gosselink at age 83. Know for co-authoring the definitive textbook Wetlands, his fruitful career in studying wetlands, furthering science and guiding policy is detailed in ASWM's heartfelt obituary here.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:09
 
 
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