Field Report from the Spring Amphibian Migration

a photo of a spotted salamander in a person's hand

A spotted salamander gets a helping hand across Summer Street in Peterborough. See more photos from this year’s amphibian migration on Flickr.
(photo: Tyler Hogan)

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Each spring, we train volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region.

This spring, more than 125 Crossing Brigade volunteers saved 3,675 salamanders, frogs, and toads from the crush of the tire at nearly 40 road crossing sites, bringing our project total to nearly 35,000 amphibians since 2007! For site-by-site details, view our online field report. To see our Salamander Crossing Brigadiers in action, check out this fun feature from New Hampshire Chronicle.