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Herpers, here in Salisbury we hosted one of our public education nights on Morgan Road last night.  We had 43 people on site and monitored and moved amphibians for two hours from 8 AM to 10 AM.  Despite the conditions looking very good with rain starting well before dark and temperatures around 40 F, we had surprisingly few amphibians to Read the rest of this entry »

On warm, wet nights from mid-March to mid-April frogs and salamanders move from their wintering sites on high ground to wetlands to mate and lay eggs. Their route to the nearest vernal pool sometimes takes them across a road. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Herpers, on Tuesday night, April 3 the rains brought out both herpers and amphibians. However, since it was both colder (~39° F) and drier than last Thursday night, there were fewer amphibians to go around. Read the rest of this entry »

Herpers, the flood gates opened around 8:15 PM at Morgan Road last night and seven species of amphibian poured through with over 2,500 counted in the two hours we were on site. Many amphibians went uncounted even with 37 volunteers helping out. At my greeting and education post, I had a steady flow of amphibians moving out from under Read the rest of this entry »

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A tiny Spotted Salmander

On warm, wet nights from mid-March to mid-April frogs and salamanders move from their wintering sites on high ground to wetlands to mate and lay eggs. Their route to the nearest vernal pool sometimes takes them across a road. Read the rest of this entry »

Reports of amphibian migration are pouring in from across the state, including those parts of the state that had been taking a long time to thaw out.  When Warren King, Barry King, and I arrived at Morgan Road in Salisbury at 8 PM to get set up for a public crossing event last night, the roads were barely damp, and we feared we had just invited Read the rest of this entry »

Last night we held the first of two possible Salamander Crossing events at Morgan Rd. In Salisbury. Here is a report on the evening from the Salisbury Conservation Commission’s resident herpetologist, James Andrews: Read the rest of this entry »

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Spotted Salamander

On warm, wet nights from mid-March to mid-April frogs and salamanders move from their wintering sites on high ground to wetlands to mate and lay eggs. Their route to the nearest vernal pool sometimes takes them across a road.

This is the thirteenth spring that Otter Creek Audubon and the Salisbury Conservation Commission will patrol an amphibian crossing site in Salisbury. Across Vermont, groups Read the rest of this entry »

Last night OCAS and the Salisbury Conservation Commission held the second and last of our Salamander Escort events for 2016. Here is a report on the activities from Jim Andrews:

Despite the fact that the rains ended earlier then forecast here in Salisbury, the ground and roads were still wet when the sun went down and the temps were still well above freezing. Read the rest of this entry »

The flow of salamanders and frogs crossing Morgan Road in Salisbury from upland woods to lowland vernal pools kept 22 of us busy for two hours last night from 8:15 to 10:15. The temperature held at 41 degrees F and a light rain persisted through the evening, fine conditions for movement. We counted the following:
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