Become a Crossing Guard

 

Spotted in West-WestEach spring, amphibians head to the breeding pools their progenitors have used for many generations. Superimposed upon this ancient world, however, is a new world of roads and cars. In areas where salamanders, frogs, and toads are forced to cross even moderately busy roads, populations of these animals are likely to disappear. Helping amphibians safely negotiate road crossings is essential to their long-term survival of these amphibians.

Find the forecast for upcoming migration here.

We Need You!

The links below open short videos on salamander crossing. They are the best place to start:

Part 1: Getting Ready

Part 2: Crossing Safely

Step #1: Sign Up for Alerts

Nick, Zach, & Jess on Orchard Street

Nick, Zach, & Jess on Orchard Street

Join the amphibian alert digital hotline by sending an email to Patti. Let her know where you live and she can advise on sites where you are needed. If you use gmail, these may show up in your Promotions mailbox.

Step #2: Choose a Site

Open the Google Map and locate the site(s) nearest you. If there are no sites near you, or if you live outside our region, here are some guidelines for finding a site in your area.

Step #3: Learn What to Do

Watch the short videos above, and download the Become a Crossing Guard brochure. This provides the basic information you will need.

Step #4: Be Prepared and Be Safe

Please protect yourselves, motorists, and the amphibian crossing program by being prepared with safety gear in advance of migration nights and by following safety guidelines while you’re out there.

 Safety Essentials:

 Light colored clothing
Reflective vests for everyone
Flashing clip-on lights for everyone
Signs with flashing lights attached to alert drivers in advance
When cars approach your site, step off the roadway
Park your own vehicles off the road and out of the crossing zone

Equipment list:

Rain gear
Reflective clothes
Flashing clip-on light
Bright flashlight  with extra batteries (headlights are not bright enough)
Data sheet, clipboard, pencil

Recommended:

Camera
Spatula for dead amphibians
Clean bucket
Salamander Crossing signs
Clip on flashing lights for signs and self
Amphibian identification sheets

Step #5: Count and Report

Keep track of the species and numbers of each that you find and report to your site coordinator. If your site has no coordinator, print out a data sheet (zip/doc) to take in the field. BEEC has data sheets printed on waterproof paper. Contact Patti if you would like some mailed to you. When you get home, click on the link to  submit your data. We use this information to determine where crossing guards are most needed, refine the project, identify locations for possible amphibian underpasses, and monitor amphibian populations.

There are Salamander-Referencecoverjust a few species of frogs and salamanders that are commonly seen on migration nights. Learn to recognize them before you go out:

Salamander ID sheet

Frog and Toad ID sheet

Be a Better Crossing Guard!

Click here for hot tips for crossing guards.

Click here to be learn more about the amphibians species.

BEEC Salamander Crossing Supplies

Salamander crossing signs:

These signs are 2′ x 2′ corrugated plastic, and come with a wire stand. They are durable and very portable! BEEC loans these signs to site coordinators and to anyone who plans to patrol sites that have no coordinator. If you think this might be you, email Patti to arrange pick-up.

Sign recommendations:

The signs attract more attention if you clip a flashing light to them.
These signs often get stolen. Don’t leave them up when no guards are on duty.


 

Crossing Site Maps

Brattleboro

Dummerston

Guilford


Newfane/Williamsville

Putney

Vernon

Westminster West

Links

Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program