On the first rainy night in late winter or early spring, when the ground is thawing and the temperature hovers around 45, spotted salamanders burrowed under the forest floor wake from their winter rest and begin their annual migration to vernal pools to lay their eggs. All over the country, folks help these salamanders to safety when their migratory path includes crossing a roadway.
As we worked, it rained outside the windows, and we wondered if Big Night might even be tonight! But we decided the ground is probably still too cold. Maybe the next warm rainy night will be the Big Night for Salamanders!