When we think of animals and migration places like Africa, Australia, and the Arctic come to mind.......but did you know that right here in Halton we have our own animal migrations going on?! So much so that there is a street in Burlington that completely shuts down for three weeks every March to allow the migration of the Jefferson Salamander. For the past 5 years the City of Burlington has voted unanimously to shut down a one kilometer section of King Road to allow for the safe crossing of these cute little creatures. An incredibly rare, and endangered amphibian found only in Southern Ontario, the Jefferson Salamander can live up to 30 years and we here in Halton are proud to do our part to aid in their species survival. Although there are no exact numbers on how effective this road shut down program has been the lack of salamander fatalities on the road is proof that the program is working.
The Jefferson Salamander is between 12-20 centimeters long, brown or grey in color and they move only at night. It might be fun to take the kids out and see if you can spot any of these little guys making their safe passage across King Road. Just remember to take a flashlight ;) As a lover of all animals, I'd personally like to say “keep up the great work Burlington!” and as always I'm proud to live in Halton Region, a stunningly gorgeous area full of so much natural beauty and wondrous things!
If you'd like to learn more about this and other animal migrations around the world watch this.