Yellow Spotted Salamander Migration 2008
Monday March 31
The Migration occurred a bit late this year. The major part of the migration
of Yellow Spotted Salamanders crossed the Connector road on 3.31.08. The rain was
spotty throughout the night, but the road was wet. There was a fairly steady crossing
from 8:30 until Midnight and on probably throughout the night. A good number of people
9>20) braved the weather and late hours to witness this annual event. They average
about 12 an hour; a bit slower than last year's 15 per half hour. There were females
crossing as well as males (usually the males go first.). Spermatophores haven't appeared
in the ditch by the Marsh Trail, yet. The salamanders haven't finished courting,
yet, and may still be crossing the road in the next couple of rainy nights. Eggs
will appear soon. A few spring peepers and red efts crossed, also. The American Woodcock were courting on the side of the road as well.
Below are some pictures from this year's migration by Becky Urban and Sal Ingrassia.
No time to snack on a worm( on the left in the above picture.)
Aren't they cute?
Using a ramp!
See why they need the ramps?
Crossing a road stripe.
Crossing the bridge.
Leech! with a fish nibbling on it.
What do they think of the lights?
The intimidating curb