Spring Amphibian Migration is upon us!

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March 26, 2021 by lancasterherp

Now that Spring is upon us, frogs, toads, and salamanders will be migrating to vernal pools and other water sources to breed. On warm, rainy evenings you can find them crossing roadways at Overlook Park and many other areas that contain critical wetland habitat. In some past years, the Lancaster Herpetological Society has gathered as a group to help rescue amphibians from being hit by passing vehicles at Overlook Park. Out of an abundance of caution for the Coronavirus pandemic, the organized group gathering will not be happening this year. But don’t let that stop you from going out on rainy evenings to help rescue some slippery friends. If you do go out, please make sure to move them across the road in the direction they are travelling, and don’t remove them from water sources just for photographs. And please do not enter the ponds, where thousands of developing eggs and tadpoles are growing in a very sensitive environment.

I hope that you can do your part to save the lives of some amphibians this Spring!

Photo of Spotted Salamander crossing the road by Anne Esbenshade


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