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 Highlights and Events

New Hellbender Publications
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  • Olson, Z. H., et al. 2013. Survival estimates for adult eastern hellbenders. J. Herpetology 47(1):71-74.
  • Unger, S. D., et al. 2013. Population genetics of the eastern hellbender. PLOS ONE 8(10):1-14.
  • Unger, S. D., et al. 2013. Projected population persistence of eastern hellbenders. J. Nature Conservation 21:423-432.
  • Beane, J. 2012. Hell Bent. Wildlife in North Carolina 19-22.
  • Groves, J. D. 2012. eDNA & the search for hellbenders. Alive 12-13.
  • Groves, J. D., and L. A. Williams. 2011. In search of the hellbender in North Carolina. Connect 12-15.
  • Moser, W. E., et al. 2013. Redescription and molecular characterization of Placobdella cryptobranchii. ZooKeys 338:1-10.
  • Reimer, A., et al. 2013. Impact of information and familiarity on public attitudes toward the hellbender. Animal Conservation.
Feast Like a Hellbender
Outreach event was held April 20th in Corydon, IN. View highlights.

Contest Winners

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 Click on the links to the left to reveal the WINNERS of the Feast Like a Hellbender Event


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Whether you live near the Blue River or just like visiting it, chances are you think that it's a pretty special place. The hellbender salamander thinks so too. Unfortunately, a number of habitat and water quality concerns threaten the health of the local places that we know and love. By learning about the hellbender, the surrounding environment, and some simple steps that make water cleaner and safer, you can make sure that the Blue River continues to be a great home for people and giant salamanders alike.


Everyone can do something to Help the Hellbender. On this website, you will find information about the hellbender, as well as household and farm management practices that can help keep the Blue River clean. People who fish and kayak can also learn what they should do if they see one in the wild (hint: you shouldn't eat them!).


The Help the Hellbender Project is a joint project involving the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue University, and The Nature Conservancy. More information about these partners can be found here.


 Order Your Hellbender T-Shirt

Hellbender T-shirts are available to purchase! See Order T-shirts Here. All proceeds received from sales of the shirts go towards the production, research and education to Help the Hellbenders.

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