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See amphibians migrate to breeding grounds at Sand Run Metro Park

Published: February 24, 2014 12:27 AM

Though generally unseen most of the year, amphibians appear in great numbers during the spring breeding season.

Beginning March 1 and continuing through early April, Metro Parks offers FREE opportunities to see and hear these unique animals as they migrate to their breeding grounds in Sand Run Metro Park.

Evening programs will occur when conditions are just right: Salamanders prefer darkness, light rain and temperatures above 45 degrees. Call the seasonal information line at 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that evening. Parking will be available in Sand Run Metro Park’s Old Portage Area, 1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron.

“Warmer rains and longer days encourage amphibians to emerge from their underground homes and make their way to vernal pools,” explained Naturalist Meghan Doran. “Spotted salamanders, wood frogs and Jefferson salamanders will all be on the move when conditions are ideal.”

Call 330-865-8065 for more information.

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