Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

The Great Unplugging

Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum) (Roman Genn)
It will happen any day now . . .

‘That’s quite a salamander! Ha!”

It was a text from a friend, and it seemed innocent enough. And yet it was jarring: Moments before, I had indeed been rambling on about salamanders, but not to said friend, and not in text form. I was talking to my kids, out in the open air of Texas, while tromping down the steps to Austin’s premier salamander habitat and local gem Barton Springs.

The spring-fed public pool, which hovers at a brisk 68 degrees year-round, houses a number of endangered blind salamanders. Lacking both image-forming eyes and lungs, they thrive in the cold waters of the Edwards

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Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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