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Amphibians

A dangerous honeymoon

Frogs, toads and newts have hibernated on land, in spring they free themselves from the stiffness of the cold and thousands make their way to their spawning grounds. Especially on rainy nights, motorists near waterways have to prepare for four-legged passers-by on the road. Every spring, countless amphibians make their way to their spawning grounds: At high humidity and temperatures above 5 degrees, toads and frogs migrate all night long towards their spawning grounds. From approx. 19 pm in the evening to 7 am every year for about 5 million amphibians the honeymoon starts. On these spring hikes the animals travel between several hundred metres and several kilometres. However, many hundreds of thousands of them have to pay for their long journey with their lives: The animals are mostly on their way in masses and are often run over and killed by cars.

Every year, therefore, many helpers of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation collect grass frogs, toads and newts from amphibian fences late in the evening and early in the morning and bring them to their spawning grounds. Despite safety measures, many amphibians get onto the streets every year and are dependent on the behaviour of every single driver.

At the time of the amphibian hikes, each of us can simply show consideration and save countless lives without much effort:
1. Pay attention to signs: In the evening hours and during the night you should not drive on roads, which are marked with the frog warning triangle, if possible.
2 Drive slowly: Even if the animals are not directly caught by the wheels, they usually still suffer fatal injuries at speeds above 40 km/h due to the negative pressure. If a detour is not possible, please pass the affected road at a greatly reduced speed.
3. Become active: contact the responsible municipality if you have observed a hiking route that is not yet protected from traffic and numerous animals that have been run over! Report your observations and ask if any measures have already been taken.
4. Become a frog taxi: Every year in Switzerland hundreds of thousands of amphibians are carried safely across the streets by animal lovers, pupils and other hard-working helpers.

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Amphibian migration 2018

More than 2000 amphibians carried to safety so far

Exactly 2,221 frogs, toads and newts have been brought safely to their spawning grounds by activists of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation in the past days and nights.

Frogs, toads and newts who have hibernated on land are now emerging from the torpor and making their way to their spawning grounds by the thousands. Especially on rainy nights, drivers must be prepared for four-legged passers-by on the road near the water. Every springtime, countless amphibians migrate to their spawning grounds: With high humidity and temperatures above 5 degrees, toads and frogs migrate all night long towards their spawning waters. From about 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. every year, around 5 million amphibians start their honeymoon. On these spring migrations, the animals travel between several hundred meters up to several kilometers. However, many hundreds of thousands of them have to pay for their great journey with their lives: The animals, which are usually on the streets in masses, are equally overrun and killed in masses by cars. Every year, late in the evening and early in the morning, many helpers of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation collect grass frogs, toads and newts from amphibian fences and bring them to their spawning grounds. Despite safety measures, many amphibians enter the roads every year and are dependent on the behaviour of every single car driver.

At the time of amphibian migrations, each and every one of us can be considerate and and save countless lives without much effort:

1. Watch out for signs: In the evening hours and at night, try to avoid driving on roads marked with the famous frog warning triangle.
2. Drive slowly: Even if the animals are not caught directly by the wheels, they will still generally suffer fatal injuries at a speed of over 40 km/h due to the negative pressure. If no bypass is possible, pass the concerned road at a greatly reduced speed.
3. Get active: Get in touch with the responsible municipality if you have observed a migration route that is not yet protected from traffic, and have seen numerous animals that have been run over! Report your observations and ask whether measures are already planned.
4. Become a frog taxi: Every year hundreds of thousands of amphibians are safely carried across the streets of Switzerland by animal lovers, students and other hard-working helpers.

Volunteers wanted
Every year, more than 160,000 amphibians are carried safely across the road to spawning grounds by volunteers at around 200 locations in Switzerland. Helping hands are still needed for various amphibian crossings. The volunteers carry the animals in buckets across the road. The patrolling usually takes place at dawn and sometimes also in the evening after dusk. Depending on the weather conditions in spring, these amphibian crossings are looked after for several weeks.
Would you like to join in and help? Click here for more information: https://lepus.unine.ch/zsdb/benevoles.php?lang=de

Country:
  • Switzerland
5 Pillars:
  • Emergency Aid
Amphibian migration 2018