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Students Research Red-spotted Newts at Cowan's Ford

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  • Since mid-January Davidson College students Brielle Bowerman and Emma Johnson have been studying how climatic environmental variations might have affected the aquatic red-spotted newts at Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge.


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  • Brielle Bowerman (left) and Emma Johnson study newts in pond

    Brielle Bowerman (left) and Emma Johnson check the newt traps at Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge.


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  • Brielle Bowerman wades in pond

    Brielle Bowerman, a junior biology major checks a newt trap. The students collected data and removed the 40 traps as they wrapped up their efforts in late February.


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  • Brielle Bowerman holds a red-spotted newt

    Brielle Bowerman holds a red-spotted newt before releasing it into a pond at Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge.


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  • Brielle Bowerman

    Brielle Bowerman gathers newt traps.

  • Brielle Bowerman and Emma Johnson

    Bowerman (left) and Johnson wade out to the newt traps.

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The cold marsh water of Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge isn’t very hospitable for humans, but it’s a happy home for many species of amphibious critters.

Davidson biology students have for many years conducted studies of the flora and fauna at the refuge, and recently Charlotte Observer photographer John Simmons accompanied a group of student researchers wrapping up their semester’s population study with catches of newts, salamanders, frogs, and crayfish.

This story first appeared in the Charlotte Observer. Photos used with permission: The Charlotte Observer/John D. Simmons