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Salamander Walk at Sawyer Brook Headwaters Parcel
April 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDTFree
Spring is in the air, and amphibians are on the move. As early warm April rains hit, spotted salamanders, wood frogs, spring peepers and others emerge from their winter burrows and make their evening migration to vernal pools for breeding. Those important pools are filled with rainwater, snowmelt, and groundwater in spring—but few predators.
Sheridan Brown of the Grantham Bird Club and Dave Patrick of The Nature Conservancy will lead a nighttime walk to observe this phenomenon on Upper Dunbar Hill Road as the amphibians travel to the Sawyer Brook Headwaters Parcel that the Town and ASLPT are working to permanently protect.
Participants should bring a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries, and wear clothing & shoes appropriate for rain and muddy Class VI (unmaintained) road. This event MUST take place in the rain to work.
We have capped participation at 2o people so that each participant can have the best possible opportunity to see the frogs and salamanders, and also to reduce vehicular traffic during migration. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO WALK TO THE SITE OR CARPOOL WITH FRIENDS, PLEASE DO SO.