My name is Nathan Richendollar. I am a 16 year-old salamander searcher from Michigan. My passion is for caudates in general, especially the Eurycea and Plethedon genuses, in addition to Reds. I've field herped in seven states east of the Mississippi, gone to over 40 locales, and have seen 33 species in my 3.5 years of field herping. I have found Dusky Salamanders in Michigan at the only locale they are currently found in in MI, and I've seen Caves (not Longtails, caves) in Southwest Ohio (75 of them). I do this for recreational purposes, and for the love of nature itself. As I tell anyone who will listen, "Salamandering is twenty minutes of heaven at a time, with a week or two of weather-watching and researching like a madman in between." I've been to the motherland of sallying, GSMNP, twice, and want to live there in retirement. I write of how we are just like the Roman Republic in collapse, ponder philosophy, and write poems about salamanders and geography. I have an unusual liking for Founding Father's quotes, and favor a strict interpertation of the Constitution (when I'm not sallying, I'm a politico). I have a connection to the land, and I always carry around my handy atlas, lest I forget a spot or memory from the road. I am concerned with Conservation, Ecology, and Geographic Information. I have a 33 ACT (currently), and a 4.3 GPA. Although I want to be a lawyer, I will never lose sight of what really matters. "I went to the woods to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" as Thoreau put it.
"The earth belongs to the living, the soil is the gift of God to the living" -Thomas Jefferson