Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Nature at your doorstep: Gateway and Foothills

Thursday, April 4, 2013

By Rich Parisio.  New Paltz Times.

On Sunday night I went out in the rain to witness a ritual far older than Easter, or even the pagan rites that were held at this time of year for untold millennia before the Christain era.  I'm speaking of the annual migration of amphibians to the seasonal, or vernal, pools where they breed. Wood frogs and spotted salamanders are two protected amphibian species that require such seasonal waters that don't support the fish that would prey upon their eggs and larvae. While most people are aware of the long-distance migrations of birds and Monarch butterflies, few notice that frogs, toads and salamanders undertake an odyssey just as perilous and as epic in its own way as the one made by high-flying geese.  See full article.