March 05, 2024

Ontario's Amphibian Breeding Migration is Just Around the Corner

It’s happening! Ontario’s amphibians are waking up from a shorter winter nap than usual.

Frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders have already been seen out and about by contributors to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (Herps of Ontario on iNaturalist). These little guys will soon be beginning their spring breeding migrations, so please, be cautious drivers on warm, rainy evenings on side roads running through woodlots.

Amphibians are killed on roads at rates higher than any other vertebrate group, and early spring and fall are their worst times of year as they travel between their overwintering and breeding sites. Leopard frogs, for example, are known to travel up to 3.2 km.

Thankfully, the routes amphibians take between sites vary little year to year, so if we can identify these key movement corridors, we can identify the roads that most need roadkill mitigation efforts. One famous amphibian mitigation success is Burlington’s King Road in the Niagara Escarpment, identified as an important corridor for the Endangered Jefferson Salamander. Every year since 2011, the City of Burlington and Conservation Halton work together to enact a temporary (2-3 week) road closure in March to allow these amphibians to cross safely. While this is not possible on every road, it is a wonderful example of a community coming together to save such a small, fragile species.

You too can help by stopping to assist amphibians cross roads safely, and by submitting observations here. Your observations will serve to inform us where new roadkill mitigation is most needed, so we can work to save as many lives as possible.

Posted on March 05, 2024 08:57 PM by lornightingale lornightingale | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 17, 2022

Upcoming launch!

Our new Wildlife on Roads website will be ready in May 2022. Stay tuned, we will be linking iNaturalist to the site so there will be real-time live updates of what animals are moving across roads, so local citizens are aware, and help animals cross roads and can collect accurate data!

Posted on April 17, 2022 07:25 PM by kgunson kgunson | 1 comment | Leave a comment

May 18, 2020

Wildlife on Roads data collection video

This video provides an overview of the Wildlife on Roads Handbook. Please watch this 15 minute youtube video and happy data collections for 2020!

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August 06, 2019

November 10, 2018

Wildlife on Roads - A Hanbook

Hi Members,

Thank-you for contributing to the Wildlife on Road inaturalist project.

Updates on the book. We travelled to Toronto, Kamloops, Massachusetts, and the Netherlands to road conferences with the book and received invaluable feedback. We have now integrated all the feedback and are onto our second edition already. We want to be happy with it before the 'official launch'. It has now gone to graphic design and we found an affordable printer so that we can distribute and sell the book at an affordable price for the citizen science market!

We hope to launch soon in early 2019!

Kari on behalf of the Wildlife on Roads team.

Posted on November 10, 2018 10:29 PM by kgunson kgunson | 2 comments | Leave a comment