Salamander Crossing Brigade

Organization : Harris Center for conservation education

Background information :

The Harris Center for Conservation Education, a member-supported non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting understanding and respecting our natural environment.

Getting Salamander Crossing Brigade Training:

In order to get to saving these Salamanders, one must complete the suggested training that is offered by the Harris center in many places throughout the community. These training sessions are supposed to bring attention to safety measures of how to handle the animals, as well as the safety in the volunteers and how to be safe while saving these precious animals.

During the Presentation, you are shown how to submit information to the “BIG NIGHT DIRECTORS”. This citizen science data is used in order to graph certain locations and map populations of certain species.
This was another example of the presentation were the background of the lives of each species was discussed in order to integrate the learners into these animals lives.

After the presentation, one big take away is that the Salamanders migration is spread throughout the month of April and May. Their migrations start when the weather warms to near 55-70 degrees and when its a rainy night. These ideal conditions are called the BIG NIGHT in which many sites of the migrations of these animals have heavy traffic. It is during these nights you are most likely to see the species that are listed and can help them reach safety. However, there is quite a lot of variability to when these conditions are right which is why you need to be watching out for emails from the Harris Center in order to establish when to get outside and safe lives.

Recommendations for a minute man style pack for the big night:

Flashlights

Bright reflective jackets

Scrappers for dead salamanders

Pen, paper, and writing log in order to track activity

Gloves (if you find needed) (FAQ about handing Salamanders is that this does not harm the animals )

A car and updated information on where to park to avoid running over the animals you are trying to save!!

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