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Stories by the James: Cooper Sallade

Cooper Sallade
Photo: James River Association

For Cooper Sallade, what began as cherished visits to the river with his father turned into a lifelong love and appreciation for the James - especially the animals and creatures who depend on it.

Cooper, who has spent most of his life caring for snakes and other reptiles, shares how the river has influenced his life both personally and professionally. He takes us on his ever-evolving journey with the James, from riverside walks to scuba diving for ancient treasures, and reveals the important lessons the river continues to teach him.

Listen to Stories by the James, Fridays at 6:44 a.m. and 8:44 a.m. during NPR's Morning Edition and at 4:44 p.m. during NPR's All Things Considered on VPM News (88.9 WCVE).