An annual sign of spring has arrived early this year.Two wood frogs are in the breeding position as they cross a road and head for a breeding pool in Warren County in 2011. (NJ Advance Media file photo)
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has announced its annual road closures that protect frisky froggies, salacious salamanders and other active amphibians during their spring mating migrations.
The first closure of the year will be Saturday.
The periodic shutdowns of a stretch of River Road on the Pennsylvania side of the park typically run about a month starting in mid-March, but the mild winter and lack of snow triggered the species' instincts, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
To protect the animals, the park -- which spans 40 miles of the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey -- will shut down River Road several evenings between 4 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. over the next few weeks when forecasts call for evening rain and mild temperature.Amphibian crossing road in Delaware Water Gap
There can be hundreds, even thousands, of wood frogs, spotted salamanders, spring peepers and others on the move, going a few hundred feet to a quarter-mile to find breeding pools, the park service said. Skirting closed gates can mean a $50 to $150 fine at minimum and, potentially, kralbet giriş criminal charges.
However, visitors who want to observe the migration can park their cars at park headquarters. They are asked to wear light-colored, reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
And definitely watch your step.
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