The last remaining population of Spotted Salamanders in East Brunswick breed in vernal pools off Beekman Road. They migrate from their hibernation area in the woods to the pools in the early spring, when the weather gets warmer. We expect them to come out during a rainy night when the temperature is over 40F, usually in March to early April. Read more
Join us at Beekman Road on nights the road is closed to see salamanders and frogs cross the road to get to the vernal pools. Click here for map
Our salamanders migrate when the weather gets warmer in the spring. We expect them to come out during a rainy night when the temperature is over 40F, usually in late March to early April. Read more
Why close the road? To protect migrating salamanders and frogs as they move across Beekman Road to their breeding vernal pools. Read more
How do we decide when to close the road? How well have we been predicting migration? Are efforts working? Our efforts are working very effectively to restore and conserve the Beekman Road spotted salamanders for future generations and to ensuring that they will continue to be a part of our fauna. Read more
NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED
We can't speak Salamander, but our friend Crinkleroot can: " Hi. My name is Crinkleroot. I was born in a tree and raised by bees. I can whistle in 100 languages, and I speak caterpillar, turtle, and salamander all at once"
T-shirts and other products (travel mugs, phone covers, notebooks and more) with the Salamander migration logo and 'I crossed Beekman Road' are will soon be available for purchase at Red Bubble.
Your purchase helps support Friends project and we thank you for it.
These two aerial photographs seem to tell an interesting story about the Beekman Road vernal pools and the annual spring salamander migration we have observed over the past 13 years. Read more
Thanks to mapping guru Dan Brill for making these maps.
- News videos and articles about East Brunswick salamanders - click here.
- NJDEP Award to East Brunswick (Middlesex)
Commissioner Bradley Campbell honored the East Brunswick Middlesex) Environmental Commission with the Environmental excellence Healthy Ecosystems award in November 2005. Co-sponsored by NJDEP, the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced technology and the New Jersey eague of Municipalities, the award ecognized their Beekman Road vernal Pool Protection Plan, which aims to minimize contact between mphibians and automobiles, and their creation of New Jersey's first butterfly park.
- A Resolution in Support of the Efforts of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission's Beekman Road Vernal Pool Protection Plan (Amphibian Road Kill Reduction Plan) was signed by the Mayor and Town Council on ecember 19th, 2011.
- NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife division - link to Vernal Pools Project
IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY
Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds.
Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children.
If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight.
Do not touch salamanders or frogs!
Our hands have natural oils and chemicals from soap and other things we've touched that can harm amphibian sensitive skin.
Amphibians are also very slippery and can be easily hurt if dropped. It's is best to just watch them cross and enjoy the way they move.
2014- March - 12, 19, 28, 29
2015- March - 14, 25, 26, 31