What: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will present the 2016 Recovery Champions Award to City of Austin Salamander Conservation Program. This is the first time the City of Austin has received this award.
When: 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017.
Why: Over the past 20 years, the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department has undertaken conservation initiatives that significantly contributed toward the recovery of the endangered Barton Springs and Austin Blind salamanders. These efforts include habitat protection and restoration, research and monitoring, captive breeding, and community outreach and education. The Salamander Conservation Program team is recognized for being instrumental in the development and implementation of the Barton Springs Salamander Recovery Plan, recently amended in 2016 to include the Austin Blind salamander. Further, the team discovered several previously undocumented Barton Springs salamander locations outside of the city in Travis and Hays counties, considerably expanding the species' known range.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes its staff and partners with Recovery Champion Awards for outstanding efforts to conserve and protect endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in the United States.
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Recovery Champions.
Where: Splash! Exhibit at Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78746.
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