Walk tonight (Friday March 29)

It started raining late last night in Bath and that brought out some salamanders. More rain throughout today should bring out even more.

We’ll meet at 8:45pm in the Bath Township Center parking lot, please see here for details on how to prepare.


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Today’s warm weather should wake up some amphibians

Winter has been slow to give up this year, but the warm weather the last few days will probably trigger some amphibian activity tonight. Before yesterday the ground was too frozen to get our fence ready, so I’ll be scrambling today to finish setting it up and won’t be hosting a walk. Salamander weather will be back around the 25th, so keep an eye out for walk announcements then.

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Walk tonight (Tuesday March 27)

The weather is looking as good for salamanders as its going to get for another few weeks, so I will host a salamander walk tonight. See here for info on where/when we’ll meet and how to prepare. It’ll be pretty chilly.

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The 2018 migrations should be around the corner… Right?

Winter isn’t giving up without a fight this year. A few salamanders moved into Windhover Pond during some warm nights a few weeks back, but otherwise the cold has kept things quiet. As I type, the weather looks like it might get salamandery Tuesday the 27th thru Thursday the 29th this week, then get cold again. Look out for a walk announcement during those times, especially if it rains a bunch.


Salamander tax:


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Small run last night, no walk tonight

Forty salamanders came to Windhover Pond last night. They started during our walk once it began to rain a bit. I’m going to release them before dark so they can do their thing once the sun sets.

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Salamander walk tonight (Sunday March 26)

There hasn’t been much rain yet today, which means few positive signs for salamander movement at this point. I will host a walk anyway to see what we can see, and then possibly another walk tomorrow if I have any salamanders to release. See this page for info on time, location, and how to prepare.

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Spring is back, will it bring more salamanders with it?

2017 continues to be an unusual year in Steiner Woods. After an early and heavy wave of salamander migration, the salamanders stopped coming in and then things froze over for a few weeks. It will be interesting to see whether the break in weather brings out more salamanders. I will host a salamander walk tomorrow (Sunday March 26) if it rains as forecast so you can come find out for yourself. I will confirm or cancel with another post tomorrow afternoon.


Meanwhile, this is the first night I have heard heavy spring peeper and wood frog choruses in Bath. Before the cold returned, wood frog breeding had come and gone at several ponds just miles away in the Cuyahoga Valley. Wood frogs are described as “explosive” breeders, because large numbers aggregate to breed over a short time, usually just a few days. This year’s weather has created an interesting scenario where frogs across small distances are facing very different climates and time constraints during development. Since wood frogs usually breed in ponds that dry out during the summer, that month’s difference could be very important for how much they are able to grow and develop before things dry out. On the other hand, it is very likely that those early laid eggs faced significant mortality and stress from the sustained freezing temperatures.

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