Barrens Topminnows (Fundulus julisia) are only found in a handful of locations in Middle Tennessee where they can inhabit springs and creeks but seem to prefer shallow, light-filled pools that are heavily vegetated. During the most recent drought last fall, some of the pools that Barrens Topminnows populations were relying on had dwindled to mere puddles; this spurred a multi-agency effort to go and rescue remaining individuals before it was too late.
IMAGE: Todd Amacker
Watch endangered bluemask darters spawning!
FILM: JR Shute