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