|Posted by Friends EB EC on March 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM|
What happened last night? From an ecological perspective, the temperatures were around 40 near dark and the steady rain held off until about 8:30. The afternoon rain that began about 4:00 didn't last long although it certainly increased the humidity and wetted everything down. For anyone arriving just after dark, at first it was simply an empty, cold, wet road. Still fun and exciting but lacking any amphibians. From about 7:30 to 8:30 the rain began again but was generally light and intermittent. But about 8:30 it began to rain steadily and with it there was an evident increase in amphibian movements. Up until that time, other than a wayward spring peeper not much was seen on the road. But with the steady and heavier rain a few spotted salamanders began appearing and so did spring peepers. With the appearance of a few spotted salamanders there were actually screams of joy from some of the kids that dragged their parents out on a school\work night. However, from our observations there wasn't an unhappy adult face in the crowd. About 75 people were walking the road with flashlights and braving the wet chill (that's salamander weather) and reveling in the last night of a long, cold, challenging winter and the advent of spring! It was quite evident from the reactions of so many people that when you see a spotted salamander making its way across Beekman Road even when it is wet and raw, it is worth every second of being out there.
If you weren't able to make it, here is a list of some of the highlights:
Categories: Salamander migration