The major migration occurred a bit
early this year. The major part of
the migration of Yellow
Spotted Salamanders crossed the Connector road on 3.22.10.
The weather was great with breaks in the rain and heavy rain
There was a very steady crossing from 8:30 until Midnight and trickled
throughout the night. A good number of people (60+) braved the
late hours to witness this annual event. They
averaged about 15 an hour. There were females crossing as well as males
(usually the males
go first.). Eggs have appeared along the bridge. There were
many red efts (the terrestrial phase of the Eastern Red Spotted Newt),
as well Spring Peepers and even some Wood Frogs crossing the road.
Wood frogs were in the vernal pools and have already left egg
masses in the pools. There was even a tiny two inch long Least Shrew on
the road eating worms, but it was too fast to get a picture. Below
are some pictures from this year's migration by Victoria Londner and
Female (large swollen body)
just coming out of the woods.
have a distinct distinguishing feature. (hey! the yellow is just
the arrow label!)
Half way there...
Using a ramp!
We don't know why the female was going
the "wrong" way...
stretch through the woods!
Peepers don't need
don't need the ramps either, but they'll use them.
Frogs also lay egg masses in the waterways and vernal pools.