Yes, it’s that time of year again.
The recent warm, rainy weather in Eastern Connecticut has created “perfect conditions for an amphibian migration,” said Michael Bolan, Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Natural Resources Protection and Regulatory Affairs Office.
Such amphibians include salamanders, wood frogs, and “peepers” who migrate across local roads but many fail to make it across safely.
The office has been asking employees back on Mar. 18 to avoid “hot spots” in Mashantucket, Connecticut, one of which includes Pequot Trail between Ephriam’s Path and Kate Swamp Road. Folks who use this road should instead use Copperhead Path to avoid this area.
Another hot spot is Muhshee Mahchaq, the access road from the back of Great Cedar Garage to the Public Safety Building.
The road has already been closed at 6 p.m. Mar. 19 through 6 a.m. Mar. 20, at dusk on Mar. 28 through dawn on Mar. 29, and at dusk on Mar. 29 through dawn on Mar. 30.
To avoid this area, it is recommended employees use Trolley Line Blvd, the Foxwoods Resort Casino entrance from Route 214 at Pequot Outpost to access the Great Cedar Garage.
While some amphibians were seen crossing in the middle of March, it was expected that “a larger wave”, according to Bolan, did so at the end of March.