On rainy spring nights when weather conditions are right, large numbers of salamanders and frogs emerge from winter hibernation in the forest and make their way to woodland pools, where they’ll mate and lay eggs. Many migrating amphibians need to cross roads to reach these vernal pools. The Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project enlists volunteers to find locations in the Hudson Valley where migrations cross roads; document weather and traffic conditions; record migrating amphibians; and help them across the road.
Are you interested in volunteering? The Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings (AM&RC) Project is offering an online training program on Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. This session will serve as an introduction to new participants and a refresher for returning volunteers. If you’ve never attended an AM&RC training, we strongly encourage you to watch the recorded training modules on YouTube for more in-depth instruction and information, prior to the online program.
The training on February 10 will include:
- overview of how to volunteer
- data collection methods
- safety tips
- ideas for local coordination from program partners.
We also hope to include virtual “breakout rooms” so that volunteers from different parts of the Hudson estuary watershed can connect with one another. Register for the program now. If you have any questions, please contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is so very nice to read! I was aware of this program and it is good to be reminded it still exist. I think it is in New Hampshire where they close a road, or some roads, once a year for this very reason…to allow salamanders to cross. In Vermont I have come across colorful, artsy signs done-up by homeowners who place them on trees near roadside to remind passers-by that salamanders cross at that location. It is so very nice to see people care enough! A very positive note thank you!