Jeanne Wirka, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
It’s breeding season for some species of amphibians – an ideal time to find them out and about
Holding a newt is one of the most sought-after wildlife encounters among the North Bay’s elementary school set. Each year, thousands of school kids eagerly await their field trip to one of our regional newt hotspots — Stuart Creek at Bouverie Preserve, the Frog Pond at Spring Lake Regional Park, Ledson Marsh at Trione-Annadel State Park and Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon, to name a few.
It’s no wonder kids warm to these tiny cold-blooded critters. Unlike other wildlife their size, newts are eminently watchable. They don’t run or fly away, bite, scratch or sting. They don’t slime you with mucus like a banana slug, smear you in musk like a garter snake or pee on you like a toad.
You don’t have to be a kid, however, for a newt to steal your heart.
“Newts are so sweet, and soft and innocent-looking,” said Sally Gale of Chileno Valley in Marin County.