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Field Report from the Spring Amphibian Migration

May 17, 2017
A Crossing Brigade volunteer shepherds a spotted salamander across Summer Street in Peterborough.  (photo © Tyler Hogan)

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, we train volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region.

This spring, more than 125 Crossing Brigade volunteers saved 3,675 salamanders, frogs, and toads from the crush of the tire at nearly 40 road crossing sites, bringing our project total to nearly 35,000 amphibians since 2007!