You’ll know that most lakes are ice-free and that, surely, there’s a warm breeze on the way when amphibians, including frogs and toads, start peeping, ribbiting and croaking. Salamanders also quietly signal the start of spring, in a surprisingly remarkable way.
One of these quiet critters — a yellow-spotted salamander — migrated its way across my doorstep one evening last April. Although I was surprised to see it there, the conditions were indeed ripe for a big migration of hundreds if not thousands of amphibians from overwintering areas to breeding sites.
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