Salamanders Help Scientists Monitor, Restore Indiana Wetlands

Jun 28, 2016

Salamanders help biologists monitor the environmental health of Indiana wetlands.
Credit Greg Lipps

Indiana has lost 95 percent of its wetlands since the 1800s, mostly to agricultural and housing developments.

A non-profit group based in Fort Wayne is working to restore wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a headwater tributary of the Wabash River.

It’s one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the state.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, researchers are watching in the area salamanders to learn about the health of the ecosystem.