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Tonight: slow down for amphibians!

by Amie Rukenstein

Posted by Juanita Hummel on the Sourland Stewards Facebook: “Tonight could be a big night for amphibian migration – PLEASE stay off the roads if you can after it gets dark, and if you encounter volunteers working at crossing sites, PLEASE slow down and give them time to move any amphibians in your way to safety. The annual migration of Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders to their breeding pools started last night with a relatively small movement, but which nevertheless resulted in hundreds of deaths of frogs and salamanders, many of which were females full of eggs. We also had a couple of Green Frogs (photo) visit the site – their breeding season starts a bit later. They are also known to eat the tadpoles of other frogs and salamanders. “

Local friend to the environment Fairfax Hutter also posted: “Update: BIG amphibian crossing predicted for tonight from 6-9 PM. Pls avoid all unnecessary vehicular traffic in northern tier of Hopewell Twp, the Sourlands and NE corner of Princeton. Forecast is for stormy and windy weather with ash trees still coming down. *** First amphibian crossing night of the season! Warm rain brought them out. Tomorrow night [Wednesday] should be even bigger. The Spotted Salamanders started about an hour after the Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers.”

Photo courtesy of Sourland Stewards

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