Herpetologist Jim Andrews to lead walk in the woods
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Conservation Commission is hosting a free “Walk in the Woods” with Vermont State herpetologist Jim Andrews on Sat. May 18, from 9 a.m.-noon. The walk meets at 938 West St.
The walk is a follow-up to “Slippery Creatures: Salamanders and Frogs,” held in February. Participants will look for vernal pools, and hopefully find salamander and frog eggs, as well as see them in their habitat. Those attending will learn about the importance of forests, and how forest fragmentation destroys wildlife corridors and changes the ecosystem. Andrews will also give tips on how to identify bird calls, wildflowers, nests, trees and shrubs.
Bring binoculars, raingear and rubber — it’s wet in the woods right now. An RSVP to 802-462-2000 would be appreciated, due to parking constraints.
Inspired by Andrew’s February presentation, attendees started a small group, the Amphibian Allies, who walk on the rainy Spring evenings on West St. to help the tiny, fragile creatures safely cross the road to lay their eggs. They welcome anyone interested in joining the group and/or know of other roads in Cornwall where salamanders and wood frogs have been spotted.
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