The only thing missing last night was Bill Murray (and our salamanders) as anyone on the road for the second night in a row understood what the movie Groundhog Day was all about. Once again the weather didn't pan out and the spotted salamanders didn't move. But they will, it is just a matter of time and the right weather conditions. In fairness to the salamanders, we really hadn't intended to close the road last night, but for largely human safety reasons we closed it anyway. Anybody that came out last night was treated to a little bit of excitment as CBS News 2 and the Home News Tribune were there interviewing people and helping to spread the word about the importance of closing the road and saving East Brunswick's salamanders. Our amphibian protection project made the big time with long TV spots on CBS 2 on their 5 and 11 News broadcasts and on CBS 880 radio all day and apparently again this morning.
Here is a link to one of the news broadcasts spotlighting our salamanders: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/27/road-in-east-brunswick-n-j-to-close-for-salamander-crossing/
So, while we may not have had any spotted salamanders to see yet, at least we are helping to spread the word about amphibians and roads and the devasting effects as they cross to their vernal pond breeding habitats. However, Beekman Road is not unique, in fact far from it. This is a problem across the entire northeast and Mid-Atlantic states where roads bisect migration habitats.