A volunteer holds one of several spotted salamanders that were assisted across North Lincoln Street last year.
Keene braces for salamanders
By David P. Greisman
Published: Saturday, April 04, 2009
Salamander season is back, and that means a section of a Keene neighborhood might temporarily close to traffic at night while they and other amphibians migrate.
This year, the crossing at North Lincoln Street and Jordan Road may be blocked by Keene police using folding barricades to protect the amphibians and the people there to guide them.
“We’re talking about two roads that are lightly traveled in late parts of the night,” said Keene Police Chief Arthur Walker. “It seemed the safest, easiest way to do this, with no streetlights in the area, is close it down, let people do their work, and when they’re done, open it up again.”
Walker said the police would come out if those guiding the amphibians call them.
An animal control officer, if available, would set up the barricades on weeknights.
Otherwise, another police officer would take the task, which would involve about 10 minutes to get the barricades there and set up and 10 minutes to take them down, he said.
Brett Amy Thelen, science director of the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, said when the salamanders migrate depends on the weather.
“We need a night with temperatures in the 40s at least, and we need rain continuing through the night,” Thelen said. The group’s Web site says tonight could be a prime opportunity.
The guides will go out at dark and stay until between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., she said.
For up-to-date information on amphibian migration, see keeneweb.org/aveo/
David Greisman can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or email@example.com
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