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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Headquarters: 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
Mailing Address: 1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1701
Phone: 919-707-0010 



 

Hellbender Contacts:

John D. Groves, Curator Emeritus of Amphibians and Reptiles at the North Carolina Zoo
Email: johngroves2005@yahoo.com
Lori A. Williams, Certified Wildlife Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


​​​​Hellbenders
 Recent Events:                                
                                                     

North Carolina Giant Salamander Network Meeting

 

When:   January 27, 2016, 9:30 am - 4 pm

Where:  Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

Who:     state/federal agency, tribal, academic, zoo, and NGO partners (invitation only)

 

The North Carolina Giant Salamander Network focuses on Eastern Hellbender and Mudpuppy/Waterdog conservation and includes North Carolina state and federal agencies, tribal partners, zoos, NGOs, and researchers from neighboring states.   Our first gathering was in 2007, and we have had subsequent meetings every two to three years. 

 

We held our 4th meeting in January 2016 with 43 people attending from North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia.  Participants shared updates and gave presentations on hellbender and mudpuppy surveys, research, outreach/education, and habitat restoration in North Carolina and within the Southern Appalachian region.  The afternoon included a productive group brainstorming session to create a list of >20 conservation actions and research topics needed for giant salamanders in NC and within the region.  Via an online poll, 38 people ranked their choices to generate a list of highest priority topics.

 

The final list of prioritized actions and research topics is as follows:


  1. CAUSES OF DECLINE
  2. LARVAL STUDIES
  3. 2016 North Carolina Giant Salamander Network Meeting_photo by Ed Corey.jpgREGIONAL SPECIES MANAGEMENT PLAN
  4. LONG-TERM POPULATION MONITORING
  5. HELLBENDER INVENTORIES
  6. STREAM RESTORATION AND AUGMENTING HELLBENDER HABITAT
  7. WATER QUALITY/TOXICOLOGY
  8. eDNA
  9. MUDPUPPY/WATERDOG (Necturus spp.) INVENTORIES
  10. NEST HUTS 

 
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Mascot Otter
Snotty the Snot Otter and Rocky the Hellbender (live hellbender) will appear at the following events.
  • ​June 24, 2017:       Upper French Broad Riverfest, Rosman, NC
  • October 7, 2017:    Fall Festival, Lansing, NC

​​​Lori Williams and John Groves will be giving presentations and educating visitors about hellbenders in NC at each of these events. 

For more information view North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission page to view facts about the hellbender.