A Bactrian camel, a rhinoceros and an onager walk into a bar… well, not really, but close.
Last week I attended the National Association of Science Writers meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State hosted this meeting which is a mix of workshops on practice and sessions on cutting-edge science. On the last day there was a field trip. We drove 90 minutes east from Columbus and turned into a road that would have looked more comfortable in Colorado. After a bit of meandering, we arrived at the entrance to The Wilds, a non-profit conservation park located on the site of a former coal strip mine.
First, we met Eastern Hellbenders and found out why they are called “snot otters.” When they get scared, they excrete slime through their skin. The Wilds has a program of raising and returning to the rivers and streams in the wild these reclusive amphibians. Continue reading Into the Wilds