Road crossings can be a major threat to many amphibians, particularly where roads and wetlands meet. Where roads intersect amphibian foraging habitat (often the forest in the Pacific Northwest) and their breeding habitat (wetlands), then amphibians will need to cross the road.
Unfortunately, frogs, toads, and newts are not known for their road sense, and far too many are smushed underneath car tires.
>New: Read an Update about this program on our blog from June 2015.
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Sometimes there are things that can be done to improve road safety for amphibians, if we know where the problem spots are. Small fences can re-direct amphibians to lit culverts, or "toad tunnels" can be created if needed. But we need to know where the problem spots are.
HAT is seeking knowledge from anyone in the Greater Victoria area who knows a problem spot - a place where many amphibians are being killed by cars. Then our biologists, along with volunteers, can assess the site and propose potential mitigation measures to the authority responsible for the road, and work with them to implement an amphibian fix. Below are maps of problem spots identified by surveys led by biologists and volunteers.
Identifying Frogs, Toads, Newts, and Salamanders
The Saltspring Island Conservancy has provided a wonderful set of guides to identifying our local amphibians. Click the link above, once the page opens, scroll to the bottom for the guides.
Identifying Local Amphibians Guide
Amphibian Egg Identification Guide
Salamander Identification Guide
Post-Survey Road Kill Maps (March 2015):
Also see maps for