With a few recent days that edge over 40°, the wildlife of the Preserve (like the rest of us!) is anxious for Spring. A true dawn chorus of bird calls is growing, and no doubt nesting sites are already being scoped out.
But it is not just the birds. Under the snow, under the leaves, amphibians are patiently awaiting the spring thaw, such as this Red-backed salamander. Our woodlands’ most common salamander, it also the most common vertebrate. Unlike many other salamanders, Red-backs don’t have an aquatic larval stage. Eggs laid in the leaf-litter hatch out teeny-tiny salamanders.
Shy, docile, Red-backed salamanders can live over 30-years, assuming their habitat is still around. They are another reason we need to do all we can to save the 1000 acre forest. Preserve the Preserve