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New Jersey Monthly: The Can-Do Spirit of New Jersey’s Citizen Scientists

October 28th, 2019

New Jersey Monthly recently highlighted opportunities for local volunteers to help conservation groups protect wildlife and identify threats to natural areas, including our own Amphibian Crossing Project, in their article “The Can-Do Spirit of New Jersey’s Citizen Scientists.”

Citizen science projects are an amazing way for volunteers to contribute to ongoing research projects. By using volunteers scientists are able to extend the data collected for projects, and help more wildlife. The Amphibian Crossing Project is one of the ways CWF works with volunteers to protect imperiled wildlife.

New Jersey is a web of criss-crossed roads and developments that often separate amphibian’s winter burrows from their spring breeding pools. Many frogs, salamanders, and toads must dodge traffic in order to get where they need to go. With high mortality rates year after year, it doesn’t take long for a population to nose-dive.

Salamander crossing the road. Photo by David Moskowitz.

CWF has been partnering with NJ’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) since 2002 to protect early-spring breeding amphibians like the wood frog, spotted salamander, Jefferson salamander, and spring peeper during their annual migration.

On peak nights each Spring, we work with a fleet of incredible volunteers to hustle amphibians across the road at rescue sites, collect data on the numbers and species seen, measure the impacts of vehicular traffic, and document additional amphibian crossings for future protection. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Amphibian Crossing Project, please contact Allegra Mitchell. Please note that at this time the Amphibian Crossing Project is is currently operating in northern and central New Jersey.


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One Response to “New Jersey Monthly: The Can-Do Spirit of New Jersey’s Citizen Scientists”

  1. Julie Kirsh says:

    Good job! Keep up the fight!