Amphibian Monitoring Program


Last Updated 4/20/14
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Background Info

During the first warm, rainy nights of spring, over half a dozen different species of frogs and salamanders make a mass migration from their wintering sites in upland habitats to vernal pools and other suitable breeding grounds.  Due to habitat fragmentation by roads, a vast number of frogs and salamanders are inadvertently killed each year trying to cross through the traffic.  Road mortality is painfully high, destroying entire populations or limiting their success rate.  Add to this increased development and higher road usage, and the scales are tipped squarely against these animals.  The objectives of this program are to educate the public about this little-known mass migration, and to recruit volunteers to assist our four-legged friends in their dangerous journey.

Program History

In spring 2005 NBNC piloted an amphibian rescue program.  Over 60 central Vermonters came to an informational training at the nature center to learn how to help amphibians safely cross roads.  Over 30 volunteers sent in reports from locations throughout the region.  In spring 2006, we brought our mission to other communities, hosting training sessions in Northfield, Stowe, Jericho, and Waterbury. In 2007 we held trainings in Waitsfield, Calais, Roxbury and Marshfield where we identified new crossing sites and recruited new volunteers. More new communities hosted trainings in 2008-2012, with over 400 people attending trainings.

Program Future

We hope spring 2013 to be our most productive year of amphibian monitoring yet!  Please see our schedule of upcoming training sessions on the column directly right of this text and find a training session near you.

Training Session Agenda

  1. Intro to NBNC’s Amphibian Monitoring Program. 
  2. Overview of what species are likely to be encountered, and where to search.
  3. Protocol for amphibian monitoring/rescue. 
  4. Q&A and volunteer sign up.

News

3/1/14 - Our 2014 training sessions have been announced and are now posted here (see the column on the right).

4/11/13 - Lots of amphibians have been active this week, with reports (collated by Jim Andrews) coming from Bridport, Salisbury, Shelburne Pond, Cambridge, Fairfax, Richmond, Huntington, Monkton, Calais, and Duxbury.  There have also been some recent blog entries about amphibians... check out these articles for deeper insights as well as stunning images:

Amphibian Monitoring & Education
Salamanders and the Midnight Rain

3/12/13 - Some minor amphibian movement occured in the warmest pockets of the Champlain Valley last night marking the first active amphibians in Vermont this year! See a photo of a Wood Frog taken in Essex at the NBNC Blog.

2/18/13 - Most of our news has moved to the NBNC Blog. To see old news posts, visit the old news page. New training dates were added for this spring (see the upper-right corner of this page).

Upcoming Events

2014 Migration Forecast

Spring Peeper

Tuesday, 4/22
Moderate chance of rain, migration likely.

Learn more about how you can help amphibians.

Resources

Please return all data sheets, maps, and photos to:

Larry Clarfeld
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

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Volunteers Needed for
Frog Call Survey

peeper The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) is looking for volunteers in Vermont to take part in a calling frog survey this spring and summer.  Routes are available around the state and no experience is necessary.  For more information, visit http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/ or call Larry Clarfeld at (802) 229-6206.


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