Black Warrior Waterdogs – Dip Netting

On December 12, 2011, Erik Keyster, John Staubach, and I  left the Cincinnati Zoo at 11:00 am and headed to Alabama for another Black Warrior Waterdog survey. Our first stop was East Central Alabama and the Cahaba River Drainage.

Upon arrival, we noticed that the wooden bridge above the creek smelled like creosote. We were afraid that if there was a waterdog population in the creek, the creosote might have negatively impacted it. We saw a few leaf piles near the banks of the creek and we began dip netting. John found the first larvae! We continued to dip-net and eventually found a total of 6 waterdogs.