Early Breeding for Hudson Valley Amphibians
With this warm weather we've been having, it looks like we'll get to see some wildlife hopping about.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is reporting that volunteers from around the Hudson Valley will be preparing to observe an early breeding migration for salamanders and frogs as soon as this weekend. According to the press release, when the snow started to melt last week species such as the spotted salamander and wood frog we're seen emerging from their underground shelters to start breeding. This is unusual for this time of year considering the breeding and migration season usually occurs during late March and early April when it's a bit more rainy outside and the temperature at night reaches 40 degrees.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says "New York hosts an incredible array of amphibians, and an even more amazing volunteer network that helps ensure their survival each spring. As the State's Wildlife Action Plan identifies road mortality as a significant threat to frogs, toads, and salamanders, I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors traveling through our state to keep an eye out for amphibians, and our committed community of volunteers helping them cross the road." There are over 300 volunteers with the Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project in the Hudson Valley that help the amphibians make it successfully across the roads. If you're interested in volunteering or attending their "Why did The Salamander Cross the Road" talk you can visit their website for more details.