This is not an early April fools joke. Even after several inches of snow on Saturday, the weather is looking like it may create good conditions for salamander action this Wednesday, April 2 (60-70% chance of rain through the day and evening). So, we will plan on doing a walk on Wednesday. I will post to the blog by 5pm Wednesday to confirm (if it’s wet out) or cancel (if it’s dry). Please view the walk FAQ for details on where and when to go and how to prepare.
Speaking of April fools jokes, in 1999, during the first year of data collection, Peter checked the fence on April fools day and found over a hundred animals in the first bucket he checked. He called (were there cell phones in 1999?) his then graduate student Mindy Thompson to let her know they caught the mother load, and of course she thought he was just fooling. They ended up capturing over 600 animals that day, which it turns out isn’t even close to the all-time high of >1500 animals in a single night!