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Volunteer: Toad Detour
April 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Toad Detour works to protect the local toad population as they migrate to and from their breeding grounds each spring. When the toads emerge from brumation (the reptile version of hibernation) in the early spring, hundreds of them cross Port Royal, Hagy’s Mill and other nearby roads to mate in the Roxborough Reservoir or the Schuylkill Center’s ponds. The Detour’s volunteers erect barricades and help divert traffic during busy toad crossing evenings, saving hundreds of toads from being hit by cars.
Sign up for a shift – to protect wildlife, to learn about toads and the critical role they play in the forest ecosystem, and for fun.
But before you do, make sure it’s a good day to come! Toads prefer wet conditions with a temperature of at least 55F, and therefore will not be crossing every night at the same time. Follow the Toad Detour Facebook Page for weekly updates.