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!
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.