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Friends of Shades Creek 12th Annual Salamander Festival
January 30, 2016, 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
Come and celebrate the migration of spotted salamanders. The Friends of Shades Creek has been putting on the Salamander Festival for 11 years.
Spotted salamanders spend nearly their entire lives underground living in forest burrows. They come out once a year to mate and lay their eggs in a vernal pool (a wetland pool that dries up in the summer). Spotted salamanders need habitat in a forest and in wetland pools. Spotted salamanders are harmless, cute and cool. At the salamander festival you will learn more about different kinds of salamanders from biologists at the festival. You can also learn about frogs, turtles, fish, birds and other animals!
At the festival, you can check out cool displays about ancient tracks and fossils, see native plants, see what lives in dirt under a microscope, make free crafts and have some chocolate strawberries, crackers and pretzels at the chocolate fountain. ($1 for a plate) You can see a photography contest with great photos of Shades Creek, which is the main creek in Homewood.
The Salamander Festival is full of events and FREE to get in. Visit the Friends of Shades Creek website for full details on this event.
Friends of Shades Creek is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. Starting in August 1998, their mission is to educate and engage the community in the preservation efforts of Shades Creek. They are supported by memberships and donations.