Each year, amphibians migrate en masse from forest and field to spring breeding ponds. Sometimes their journey involves crossing a roadway, which can result in high mortality and declines in populations.
Naturalists have noted several places in the Valley where amphibian populations suffer great losses due to roadway mortality. In an effort to characterize and quantify the extent of this problem in the Mad River Valley, the Friends of the Mad River is partnering with the Fayston Natural Resource Committee to organize a volunteer monitoring and crossing project.
This April, when temps rise and the first warmish rains fall, trained volunteers will be sent to important sites throughout the Valley and will count and assist amphibians as they make their way across roadways to their spring breeding pools. Data will be shared with local planners and will inform potential future infrastructure improvements.
Potential crossing sites are shown in the map below. Volunteers will be visiting these sites this spring to verify the presence of amphibians, and note the number and species of animals crossing roadways. If you are aware of additional crossing sites, please contact Caitrin at (802) 496-9127.