Reintroducing the Wolves of the Forest Floor to Mount Auburn Cemetery
As both top-level predators of the forest floor as well as prey to larger vertebrates such as migratory birds, terrestrial salamanders are critical to the ecological health of a forest. For example, salamanders reduce climate change by slowing down soil decomposition rates thereby increasing the amount of carbon stored in forest soils. In the fall of 2017 ecologist Brooks Mathewson began reintroducing eastern red-backed salamanders to Mount Auburn Cemetery in the uplands surrounding the Dell Pond. In this talk in Story Chapel Brooks will discuss the ecology of salamanders and provide an overview of this exciting effort to restore another amphibian population to Mount Auburn.
Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.