- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Amphibians are on the move in the Hudson Valley after an unusual warm spell followed by gentle rain, and volunteer road crossing guards will be helping them reach breeding pools without getting squished.

Laura Heady of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program says Thursday night is expected to be a “Big Night.” That’s when weather conditions are ideal for mass migrations of wood frogs, spotted salamanders and Jefferson salamanders.

Recent years have featured more diffuse and unpredictable migration because of variable snow cover or delayed rainfall. But with record highs of 81 in Albany and 82 in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, followed by a mild rainy night Thursday, Heady said amphibians should be out in force.

The DEC website (https://on.ny.gov/1WcfaxB ) has guidelines for volunteers interested in helping the slimy creatures.

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