Mark Twain may (or may have not) said: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it". All that we can do about the weather it is check weather.gov and try to think like a salamander. Yesterday we made a last minute decision to close the road, although the forecast was for the rain to start in the late hours of the night. The rain, as you probably know, started around 7pm... Friends' members  who read update #10 reported seeing a few spotted salamanders and a Red spotted newt migrating to pools!

 

The forecast for today:

Today
Periods of rain. High near 49. Breezy, with an east wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain likely with areas of drizzle before 7pm, then areas of drizzle with a chance of rain after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 42. Northeast wind 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

To us this sounds like a very good night to get our of the woods and migrate to the vernal pools so we asked the police to close the road this evening for safe crossing of amphibians.

Beekman road will be closed at 7pm today.

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

  • 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. 

  •  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.

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