(WILDLIFE) B.C., CANADA — From April until July each year, Western toads hit the road around B.C.’s Fraser Valley. No worries, though – planned road closures will give the toads the right of way. Ribbit on! That’s even better than the carpool lane! — Global Animal
Vancouver Sun, Wendy Nordvik-Carr
Look out! Road closures are in effect on Chilliwack’s Elk View and Ryder Lake Roads.
The Fraser Valley Conservancy is requesting periodic closures during the western toad migration to the area’s wetlands. The Species at Risk Act lists the western toad on the province’s Yellow List as a “species of conservation concern.”
The migration, which can occur anytime between April and July each year, is necessary for continued breeding, the Fraser Valley Conservancy says. Vehicles will kill many male western toads before they reach the wetlands to search for available females.
The female western toad has the ability to produce as many as 16,000 eggs, however most will not survive.
The three-day toad rescue program in 2008 safely escorted 35,000 toads across the road according to the Fraser Valley Conservancy.
In the UK, toad road crossings number in the hundreds and Froglife successfully mapped more than 700 crossings using Google Earth’s satellite software technology.
For more information on road closures, visit www.fraservalleyconservancy.com