On warm early spring nights amphibians across Vermont are on the move. Salamanders and frogs migrate in mass from their upland wintering habitat to wetland breeding grounds. Unfortunately in many areas these migrations take them across heavily traveled roads resulting in high mortality rates. In recent years however a dedicated group of volunteers has been keeping an eye on the spring weather. When conditions are right these salamander saviors descend on known crossing sites both to ensure a safe migration and to learn more about some of Vermont’s most delicate and rarest residents.
Lawrence Pyne goes fishing for huge channel catfish on Lake Champlain. In Salisbury, Vt., volunteers help amphibians cross the road to get to springtime breeding grounds. Marianne Eaton visits the Chimney Point historic site in Addison, Vt., to learn how to throw the atlatl - an ancient weapon.