Salamander Crossing Brigades

tobias spot-16 webThis beautiful spotted salamander was photographed at the Huckle Hill crossing site in Vernon by veteran crosser and photographer Tobias Gelston.

Salamander Season 2017 is officially over. The biggest movement this year
happened during the very warm weather in the second week of April, when
a small amount of rain was all it took to get the amphibians moving.

Thanks to all of you who got out to help!

What are Salamander Crossings all About?

Each spring, a group of amphibians migrate from their forest habitat to the small wetlands where they congregate to breed. You have all heard the choruses of spring peepers, but how often have you seen one of these tiny frogs? How about a wood frog? And how often have you seen the largest salamander species in Vermont, the spotted salamander? All of these are abundant (if seldom seen) amphibians—but that will change in places where they must cross roads to reach their breeding pools. For many years, BEEC has been organizing Salamander Crossing Brigades, volunteers who help amphibians reach their breeding habitat by giving them a lift across roads.

The volunteers who help with this project not only save the lives of individual amphibians, but they help to safeguard populations of frogs and salamanders.

Find the Amphibian Forecast here.

Find out how to become a salamander crossing guard, learn more about the amphibians, and find hot tips here.

This map will help you find a crossing site near you.

Submit a crossing report here.

 See Scott’s latest skateboarding salamander video.

Become inspired to be a salamander crossing guard with the salamander breakdance.

Visit the photo gallery here .