I was checking my feed reader this a.m. and came upon a great post by Jim McCormac, The run of the salamanders. For those who don’t live near a creek, or who might not be that familiar with the salamander, stop by and read about his mid March spring adventure.
His post reminded me of the many salamanders the neighborhood kids and I observed along the banks of Plum Creek. This got me to wondering what type of other salamander resources I might find.
Here are just a few:
The Ohio Salamander Web – Home of the Ohio Salamander Monitoring Program
Enchanted Learning has a printout on the life-cycle of the salamander
Cleveland Metropark Search-able Animal Database
If you want to witness the run of the salamanders yourself and you are in or near Brecksville, Ohio, you can witness them crossing the road in the Cleveland Metro Parkway, Brecksville Reservation from March through early April, if the weather is warm and rainy. They close the parkway from 4 pm to 9 am and there will be a park representative on hand to answer questions.
From 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. during warm and rainy weather, the parkway will be closed to traffic. A park representative will be available at the closure site to answer questions.
If you aren’t in Ohio, then see if your own local park might not do something similar!