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Nashville Zoo Hatches Historic Hellbender

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – On October 11th, 2015, the Zoo was successful in hatching an eastern hellbender that was the result of an egg being artificially fertilized with cryopreserved sperm; an achievement that had only been successful once before in an internal fertilizing tiger salamander in 2014. Moreover, this hellbender is the first externally fertilizing salamander to be produced utilizing cryopreserved sperm.

“It’s a pretty big deal for the conservation of this species and all amphibians,” said McGinnity. “This accomplishment means we can collect and preserve milt (seminal fluid containing sperm) from wild populations without removing hellbenders from their environment. Cryopreserved sperm may remain viable for hundreds to thousands of years when kept at ultra-low temperatures with liquid nitrogen. ”

Hellbender tadpole. (Sherri Reinsch)

Hellbender tadpole. (Sherri Reinsch)

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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for August 17th through August 23rd, 2014

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Nature Boot Camp, Nature Readings: Bats, Port Royal Plant Walk, History Hike, Cave Entrance Habitat Study, Float The Red River and Woodland Wildlife.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

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Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling Schedule Announced

 

Dunbar Cave State Natural AreaClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave have finalized the schedule for this year’s Spring Fling slated to take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 4th.

Come out and enjoy a day of free, family fun.  A bird hikes with the Warioto Audubon  Society, wild flower hike led by APSU botanist Rob Shepard and a trail hike led by Suva Batsin from our local chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association.

Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave's Spring Fling

Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency receives Teaming with Wildlife Award for partnerships for Hellbenders Research

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been honored with the Teaming with Wildlife Award for Partnerships for its collaborative research on hellbenders in Tennessee.

Bill Reeves, TWRA Chief of Biodiversity, received the award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building. The award is the culmination of extensive work on the current status of the species of giant salamanders that is endemic to eastern North America.

Bill Reeves, (far left) received the Teaming With Wildlife Award for Partnerships in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Also pictured are Dr. Stephen Spear (Orianne Society), Dr. Brian Miller (MTSU), Dr. Michael Freake (Lee University), Dale McGinnity (Nashville Zoo), and Naomi Edelson (National Wildlife Federation Director of State and Federal Partnerships).

Bill Reeves, (far left) received the Teaming With Wildlife Award for Partnerships in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Also pictured are Dr. Stephen Spear (Orianne Society), Dr. Brian Miller (MTSU), Dr. Michael Freake (Lee University), Dale McGinnity (Nashville Zoo), and Naomi Edelson (National Wildlife Federation Director of State and Federal Partnerships).

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for August 26th through August 31st

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Bird Feeders, Cave Wonders, Night Hike, Salamander Stories, Once In A Blue Moon Hike and so much more!

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 15th through July 21st

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Pine Cone Feeders, Nature Hike, Night Animals, Childrens Crafts, Animal Olympics and so much more!

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 8th through July 14th

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Bats are Fun,  Walnut Friends, Night Hike, Spiders, History of Dunbar and so much more!

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 1st through July 7th

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Human Sundial, Bats, Night Hike, Trees are Terrific, History of Dunbar Cave and so much more!

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for June 24th through June 30th

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Bats, Night Hike, Cave Wonders, Insects, Nature Detectives and so much more!

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for June 11th through June 16th

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Bats, The Human Sundial, Cave Wonders,  Frogs and Toads, Tree Identification Hike and so much more!

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