The weather is beginning to warm up, and it finally feels like spring is in the air in the Adirondacks! However, if you’re a wildlife fan, then you might know that amphibians will be migrating this time of year in the Adirondack Park and New York State. Throughout their spring migration season, visitors and drivers are asked to proceed with caution in case there’s an amphibian crossing the road!
What You Should Know About Amphibian Spring Migration Season
This past February, regional wood frogs and spring peepers began their migration season early due to unseasonably warm weather. However, as cold temperatures returned, this period of migration was delayed until spring.
Now that we’re entering mid-April, these amphibians (both salamanders and frogs) are already on the move again thanks to the arrival of warm weather and spring showers. During this migration season, which typically runs from late March through April, these creatures emerge from their underground winter shelters and search for woodland pools for breeding.
They are most active at night during wet and rainy conditions, and it’s common for them to travel across roads to find the ideal breeding spot. As such, drivers are asked proceed with caution. Mortality rates for amphibians can be high even in areas that receive little vehicle traffic.
What Else Is Being Done To Help?
According to a press release by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), community volunteers in the Hudson Valley have been participating in an Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project. This includes documenting locations where migrations occur, recording weather and traffic conditions, and counting the number of amphibians on the move.
Have you seen any frogs or salamanders crossing the road?