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Volunteers Wanted! Amphibian Crossing Project

February 8th, 2016

Interested in Helping Amphibians Cross the Road this Spring?

by Kelly Triece, Private Lands Biologist

Spotted Salamander Crosses a busy road to reach a nearby breeding pool. Photo by Kelly Triece

Spotted Salamander Crosses a busy road to reach a nearby breeding pool. Photo by Kelly Triece

Amphibians, our harbingers of spring, are soon to be calling in the swamps, pools and woodlands of New Jersey. Thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make short, stealthy migrations through the forest to breed and lay their eggs in breeding pools every spring.


However, vehicle mortality during amphibian migration season is a big issue for small animals like amphibians. A single vehicle can harm dozens of the slow-moving animals as they try to cross the road during migration. High traffic volumes can wipe out entire populations over time. For Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologists, this means we will be out on the roadways helping secure safe passage for these amphibians.


Since 2002, we have worked to protect early-spring breeding amphibians like the wood frog, spotted salamander, Jefferson salamander, and spring peeper during their annual migrations. Last year at our biggest Amphibian Crossing site, we assisted 2,684 Spring Peepers, 1,100 Spotted Salamanders, 270 American Toads, 139 Wood Frogs, 95 Jefferson Salamanders and 18 Red-spotted newts cross the road!


The Amphibian Crossing Project relies on volunteers like you. Amphibian migration is completely weather-dependent, but usually occurs between March and April, three-five nights a year. We work in evening shifts and scan the road for crossing amphibians, record species, and number of animals crossing.


If you are interested in volunteering with our Amphibian Crossing Project at locations in North Jersey, please contact Kelly Triece. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

A volunteer assists in CWF Amphibian Crossing Project. Photo by Kelly Triece.

A volunteer assists in CWF Amphibian Crossing Project. Photo by Kelly Triece.


The Amphibian Crossing Project aims to secure funding for amphibian crossing tunnels at two priority sites. This is part of a larger effort led by the Division of Fish and Wildlife called Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ). CHANJ aims to identify key areas and actions needed for preserving and restoring habitat connectivity for terrestrial wildlife in New Jersey.  CHANJ has the potential to increase the sustainability of New Jersey’s terrestrial wildlife populations and de-list endangered species. #CHANJiscoming


Stay tuned as the amphibian attempts to cross the road once again!


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Kelly Triece is the Private Lands Biologist for Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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5 Responses to “Volunteers Wanted! Amphibian Crossing Project”

  1. Patricia Nebus says:

    I would be interested But with any interest I have I need particulars I understand there is no particular date set for this yet However, location location location!!! Were are the volunteers needed? Before my consideration can go any further I would need to know WHERE???

  2. Lindsay McNamara says:

    Hi Patricia, please contact Kelly Triece for more information. Her email address is in our blog post.

  3. mary lenahan says:

    I too would be interested, but live in south Jersey near AC. If I recall, these activities took place in northern NJ. It would be quite helpful if this article were amended to included potential sites. I have a large network of friends who live throughout the state. I’d like to direct this information to the people who could truly help.

    I will email Kelly, but again, to repeat Patricia’s plea, location, location, location!

  4. James Colgate says:

    Would like to be involved, please keep me posted. Thank you.

  5. Colleen Waltner says:

    I would be interested! Is there any specifics as to locations?

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