Sunday, February 26, 2012

Salamanders At Cape May Vernal Pool

The new vernal pools  Photo: Dave Golden
 As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the spring amphibian crossings now taking place in NJ, here's a link to a post by Karena DiLeo, Wildlife Biologist for Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF).

Last fall, NJDEP's ENSP and CWF completed a project to enhance a complex of 12 vernal pools in Cape May County, creating habitat for state-endangered eastern tiger salamanders and other vernal pool breeding amphibians.

The interconnecting pools allowed eastern tiger salamanders to return to vernal pools to breed in early winter.

In mid-December, eastern tiger salamander egg masses were found in the pools. Egg masses collected from other sites have also been introduced into these pools as supplements.

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