By Bianca Roa/ECHO The annual migration of amphibians has just begun! Every year around the end of March through April, amphibians lik...

Watch Out! Amphibians On the Move!

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By Bianca Roa/ECHO


The annual migration of amphibians has just begun! Every year around the end of March through April, amphibians like the yellow spotted salamander and the wood frog move from land to water systems. For millions of years the spring-breeding animals make the journey to wetlands in order to lay their eggs.

According to National Park Service, most stay close to ponds and swamps going only as far as a half-mile to make the commute back in the spring shorter. Unfortunately however some of those paths back to water require these little guys to cross roads. Though they travel under the cover of night and there is less traffic, the long stretch of asphalt can be daunting to the small creatures!




In Addison County, there have been volunteer efforts that have created bridges for these migrating amphibians to move safely across the Monkton Road. Hundreds of salamanders and frogs now have a higher chance of survival, as opposed to the 50% mortality rate estimated by Vermont amphibian expert Jim Andrews of Salisbury. Bridges like these are making a significant impact on keeping these animals from disappearing from the area.

So please keep an eye out, ECHO community, and help these amphibians make their journey safely! If you would like to read more about the Monkton bridges, check out this article from the Addison Independent. Or you can check out the University of Connecticut's Amphibian Tracker to know if you live near any prime migration areas.






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