Swimming with Hellbenders On the Banks of Yellow Creek
Hellbenders are salamanders in need of a good home
The Eastern hellbender is a slimy, mud-colored salamander that lives under a rock (literally!). It blends in with its surroundings and is difficult to see in a creek bed, no matter how clear the water. Hellbenders are the largest salamander in the United States. They call the Appalachian region home, but without the help of folks like The Ohio State University’s Greg Lipps, they could become a threatened species.
You can read all about the hellbender and this Ohio experience here. Before you go, watch the short video, below. And be sure to look for the boy in camo and the man in the background wearing gum boots and blue plaid shirt. Those are my guys and they loved every second of this slippery adventure.
The entire event now serves as a [gentle] warning and reminder to my boy. He now has living proof: if he works hard, studies diligently, and remembers to always ask “Why in the world?” he, too, could play in the mud and get paid for it. Idyllic. And basically, a homeschool family’s dream come true.
Special thanks to the Yellow Creek Conservation Club for inviting us to the party!
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