|Save the Salamanders!||© Katie Feldman 2006, all rights reserved|
|Please click on the links below for more information...|
|Want to Save Hundreds of Lives in one exciting evening?|
|"Amby" dining on an earthworm.|
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|NEW: Part of our Save The Salamanders DVD can now be seen on YouTube! Click THIS LINK to go to www.youtube.com and then type "Save The Salamanders" into the YouTube search box! The main video is 7 minutes long, and offers relatively complete instructions on how to start your own project to help save Spotted Salamanders during their spring migration! A second video from the DVD, "Five Steps to an Environmental Project," is also up on YouTube. To order the actual low cost DVD (which is much more high resolution than the YouTube version, and so can be used for showing to groups, email STS Co-Founder "Lily@savethesalamanders.org" for details.
Note: Please be aware that although the Save The Salamanders Project is of interest to all age groups, the actual "salamander crossings" take place on rainy, wet, roads and are appropriate for adults and teens with adult supervision ONLY, and only under ***SAFE*** conditions!!!
|...PR Materials for Newpapers etc.|
|Sample Newspaper Article for Town with Existing Program (170k)|
|Initial Information for a Town That is Starting a Program, What Needs to Happen.|
|SIGN UP! To help your town start a program, or to meet others who are already working on it!|
|Sample Sheets to be handed out at crossing sites|
Identification Sheet to help identify amphibians that migrate in early spring.
All around the world, amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders) are in trouble. Their numbers are decreasing rapidly, and many are being born with deformities. Nobody knows for sure why this is (although some likely reasons are water contamination by fertilizers and pesticides, and increasing levels of ultra-violet light).
That's the bad news. The good news is that here in Vermont, there IS one thing that we can do to help a beautiful local salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, or the Eastern Spotted Salamander. Best of all, doing it takes no money and little time and energy.
This remarkable salamander, which can live up to 20 years, is glossy black with a double row of brilliant yellow spots down its back, and a steely grey underside.
Although 6 to 11 inches long, Spotted Salamanders are rarely seen, as they are nocturnal and live in the woods under rocks and rotting logs. However, these reclusive mole or burrowing salamanders emerge for one night each year in early or mid-spring. Unfortunately, many of them are killed as they slowly traverse the roads.
Simply by avoiding certain roads one single night, a hundred or more "ambys" might be saved in each of our towns. The town of Middlesex, Vermont, has put a program in place to make this happen. With just a bit of work, it could happen in your town, too.
Why did the salamander cross the road? Click here to find out.
This website is still in progress, so we apologize that some links have no actual content as of yet. Please feel free to click on them anyway, and see what will be there eventually. While we're at it, may as well mention that similiar information may be duplicated in different formats in the various links. Sorry.
Katie and Lily Feldman Founders, Save The Salamanders Project