Salamander Crossing Brigades
|Presented By||Harris Center for Conservation Education|
|Goal||Count and protect migrating amphibians as they cross roads.|
|Task||Help amphibians cross roads during their spring migration.|
As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Each spring, the citizen science arm of the Harris Center for Conservation Education (www.aveo.org) trains volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. These citizen scientists move migrating amphibians across roads by hand during one or more “Big Nights,” keeping count as they go.
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|Project Timing||warm, rainy nights from March through May|
|Materials List||reflective vest, headlamp or flashlight, raingear|
|Ideal Age Group||High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Several hours|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In snow or rain, At night|
|Tags||amphibian, big night, frog, keene, migration, monadnock, new hampshire, rain, road, roadkill, salamander, spring, toad|
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