Amphibian Migration Coming to a Road Near You
Even though it’s technically still winter, warmer days and increased daylight are upon us! “Big Night” is often used to describe the annual ritual of certain frogs and salamanders when they migrate from their upland overwintering habitat towards their spring breeding ground. This is a great chance to see spotted salamanders, wood frogs, spring peepers, and other amphibians heading towards a vernal pool.
When will Big Night occur? It is hard to predict, but it generally happens on the first few raining nights in March and early April when the night temperature is above 40 degrees. However, with this year’s mild winter, spring peepers are starting to “peep”, so it may be coming soon. Most years, Weston does not have one “Big Night”, but rather lots of smaller movements. Want to participate this year? Learn more on the Conservation Commission's web page on where to look and how best to participate.