Other Crossing Brigades

Find a Crossing Program Near You

A person holds a Jefferson/blue-spotted salamander. (photo © Jacob Drucker)

Want to help with salamander crossings, but don’t live in southwest New Hampshire? Don’t despair! Just follow the links below to a Salamander Crossing Brigade near you.

While you’re at it, check out Mark Urban’s Amphibian Tracker map, which maps local amphibian migration observations by date. Watch the migration trend north each spring!


Connecticut

Aton Forest coordinates amphibian crossings in the vicinity of Norfolk, CT. Contact Martha Klein by email for more information or to sign up!


Maine

Lakes Environmental Association coordinates amphibian crossings in Bridgton, ME.

The Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust coordinates an amphibian crossing program in Cumberland, ME. Contact them by email for more information or to sign up!


Massachusetts

Linking Landscapes. This isn’t an amphibian crossing program, but it is a great way to share your knowledge of migratory amphibian hotspots in Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species program, and the Vernal Pool Association, as part of a long-term effort to minimize the impact of roads on amphibians.

The Vernal Pool Association. This is also not an amphibian crossing program, but the Vernal Pool Association’s listserv is a great way to watch the migration unfold in the Northeast.

The Hitchock Center for the Environment doesn’t coordinate crossing brigades, but they do sponsor an annual volunteer maintenance day for the famous Henry Street salamander tunnels in Amherst, MA, North America’s first underpass system geared specifically toward helping migrating amphibians safely cross (under) the road!

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team also doesn’t coordinate crossing brigades, but they do lead nighttime field trips to vernal ponds on the North Shore to see amphibian breeding activity. Email them for more information or to sign up.

The Pepperell Conservation Commission coordinates amphibian crossing efforts in Pepperell, MA.

Freddie Gillespie coordinates informal amphibian crossing efforts in Southborough, MA. To sign up, contact Freddie by email.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Audubon coordinates salamander patrols in the Concord and Manchester, NH areas. For more information, contact Angie Krysiak by email.

Lucy Golden coordinates informal amphibian crossing efforts in Franconia, NH. For more information or to sign up, contact Lucy by email.

The Nature Conservancy doesn’t coordinate crossing brigades, but they do lead nighttime “Big Night” field trips to see the amphibian migration in Newmarket and Wilmot, NH.


New Jersey

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has been coordinating crossings in northern & central NJ since 2002.

The Sourland Conservancy and the Mercer County Park Commission coordinate a crossing in East Amwell, NJ. For more information or to sign up, contact Jenn Rogers at (609) 303-0706 or by email.

The Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission webpage is a great resource for the Beekman Road crossing site in East Brunswick, NJ. East Brunswick takes amphibian conservation very seriously, instituting temporary road closures each year to protect amphibians who migrate across Beekman Road between Church Lane and Irelands Brook.


New York

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program biodiversity initiative initiated a migratory amphibian crossing program in 2009, and is looking to grow their list of crossings in the Hudson River Valley.

The Town of Berne Conservation Board coordinates a grassroots Amphibian Migration Project in Berne, NY.

Your Connection To Nature (YC2N) has coordinated Big Night programs on Long Island, NY.

Friends of Thacher State Park coordinates volunteer salamander crossing efforts at Thacher Park Road in Voorheesville, NY.


Pennsylvania

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area doesn’t coordinate crossing brigades, but they do close River Road in Middle Smithfield Township, PA on migration nights to protect spring-breeding amphibians and to allow the public to safely enjoy the spectacle. Follow the park on Facebook for updates.

The Schuylkill Center enlists volunteers to help with erecting barricades, diverting traffic, and moving toads off the road as part of their impressive “Toad Detour” program in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.

The Heritage Conservancy coordinates amphibian crossing volunteers at Quakertown Swamp in upper Bucks County, PA.


Vermont

Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas. This isn’t an amphibian crossing program per se, but it is a great way to share your knowledge of migratory amphibian hotspots in Vermont with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife and VTrans, as part of a long-term effort to minimize the impact of roads on amphibians. They also keep folks apprised of amphibian migrations on their Facebook page and via a helpful listserv.

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in West Brattleboro coordinates Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout southeast VT. We modeled our program after BEEC’s salamanderings, and they’re still going strong!

North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier coordinates crossings throughout central, western, and northeast VT — they’ve got sites in Washington, Orleans, Addison, Franklin, and Chittendon counties.


Virginia

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy coordinates amphibian migration mapping and crossing brigades in Loudoun County, VA.