As everyone knows this winter has been one of extremes, ranging from exceptionally warm temperatures and butterflies still flying in December to one of the largest snow storms we've had last week to the incredible warmth of the last few days. These are the kind of conditions that drive us crazy trying to figure out the timing of the frog and salamander migration to the vernal pools along Beekman Road. We've already made arrangements with the Police and by next week we will be ready to close the road if needed. It looks to be a cold week and there may even be another snow storm but the migration will happen soon.
The Friends have already begun monitoring the vernal pools and Beekman Road. Last night with the incredibly warm temperature and steady rain we took our first look. The pools were still ice covered and there was spotty snow in the woods but remarkably, there about 1/2 dozen spring peepers popping around. This is by far the earliest we've ever seen amphibians on Beekman Road by about 2 weeks at least. Whether this means an early migration remains to be seen but given the winter so far, we are expecting that. Stay tuned and we will continue to update what we see and what we think may happen. It can't be too long until that magical, raw, rainy night when our beloved spotted salamanders make their annual journey to the vernal pools along with the frogs.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY
Be carful when you park - there is a big ditch next to the parking area at the back to Tamarack - car have been stuck there a few times recently.
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. NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED - IT IS NOT SAFE!!!
If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight. It will help see things in the dark, make the night much more fun and prevent accidentally stepping on a salamander or spring peeper.
NEVER (AND WE MEAN NEVER) WALK BEEKMAN ROAD AT NIGHT IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED!!!