Salamander Crossing



Join us at  Beekman Road to see the salamanders cross the road.  

Migration updates
We think that the spring 2019 salamander migration is done. We are still monitoring the weather and the pools and and if we have new information will post updates here
Check  Facebook and Twitter for road closing updates

Updates on salamander migration & road closing 2019 -  Facebook and Twitter.


Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds. 

Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children. 

If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight

 Do not touch salamanders or frogs! 

Our hands have natural oils and chemicals from soap and other things we've touched  that can harm amphibian sensitive skin. 

Amphibians are also very slippery and can be easily hurt if dropped. It's is best to just watch them cross and enjoy the way they move.





Parking can be found on Crispen Lane off of Church Lane and in the new parking lot built by the county for access to Ireland’s Brook Conservation Area Park. Access to this parking lot is from Davidson’s Mill Road to White Pine Road and the parking lot is on the left just before the first house on Beekman Lane. Limited other parking is available along Church Lane and at the back gate to Tamarack Golf Course but the shoulders are soft and cars often get stuck. There is no sidewalk. Be very aware that Church Lane is very dark and the cars drive fast and do not expect people or cars along the road. Walking along the Church Lane is not safe at night. Be particularly mindful of children when crossing Church Lane. Wear bright clothing and everyone should always carry their own bright flashlight. One flashlight for a group is not adequate to insure a salamander or frog does not get stepped on. Cell phone flashlights are also not bright enough. 


The last remaining population of Spotted Salamanders in East Brunswick breed in vernal pools off Beekman Road. They migrate from their hibernation area in the woods to the pools in the early spring, when the weather gets warmer.  We expect them to come out during a rainy night when the temperature is over 40F, usually in March to early April. Read more
Join us at  Beekman Road on nights the road is closed to see salamanders and frogs cross the road to get to the vernal pools. Click here for map
Updates on salamander migration & road closing 2018 - Friends' blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Why close the road?  To protect migrating salamanders and frogs as they move across Beekman Road to their breeding vernal pools. Read more

How do we decide when to close the road? How well have we been predicting migration? Are efforts working? Our efforts are working very effectively to restore and conserve the Beekman Road spotted salamanders for future generations and to ensuring that they will continue to be a part of our fauna.  Read more





We can't speak Salamander, but our friend Crinkleroot can: " Hi. My name is Crinkleroot. I was born in a tree and raised by bees. I can whistle in 100 languages, and I speak caterpillar, turtle, and salamander all at once" 

Read what Jim Arnosky, the creator of Crinkleroot, and a well-known award winning author of science and nature books for children says about our amphibian protection project.  Read the letter here





T-shirts and other products (travel mugs, phone covers, notebooks and more) with the Salamander migration logo and 'I crossed Beekman Road' are will soon be available for purchase at Red Bubble.     

Your purchase helps support Friends project and we thank you for it.









 How things change... See aerial photos of Beekman Road area from 1930 and from 2007  - 

These two aerial photographs seem to tell an interesting story about the Beekman Road vernal pools and the annual spring salamander migration we have observed over the past 13 years. Read more

Thanks to mapping guru Dan Brill for making these maps. 



Kelly Rypkema made this video about the Amphibian Crossing Project, a program coordinated by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.  Kelly is a biologist and host of the video series Nature in a New York Minute. For nature news and events, follow Kelly on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to her blog.





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2015- March - 14, 25, 26, 31

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