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Toad Detour is 'point of pride' in Roxborough
Toad migration has begun in upper Roxborough.
As the weather warms, thousands of Philadelphia toads return to their birthplace, the Roxborough Reservoir, to mate.
Sadly, many toads are killed in the final stretch of their journey. They are run over by cars as they hop across Port Royal and Eva streets.
But for the past three years, volunteers have closed down these roads on nights of heavy toad migration, to help them cross the street and inform the community about the animals.
Every night between Mar. 10 and Apr. 15, volunteers meet on the corner of Port Royal and Hagys Mill roads, and begin searching the roads for toads. If they find any, they block off the street using barricades they received from the police and the water department.
Judy Stephenaskie drives all over the area in her green Acura searching for the toads.
Stephenaskie is a bird watcher, and records sighting in the Shawmont area of the Schuylkill River for the yearly log of the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology.
Every night during toad season, she drives with her high beams on and emergency flashers, stopping to open her door for every piece of debris in the road that might be a toad.
"Just a leaf" she says, closing her door. "That's annoying."
But soon she has spotted two live toads.
She gasps as a car drives over one. Fortunately the tires miss the baseball-sized amphibian.
She pulls her car into the middle of the road to prevent more cars from driving past, and with her bare hands, quickly scoops up the animal and rushes it to the reservoir side of the street.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by brindle
Plus there's the idea of regular everyday people trying to enforce this roadblock. Are they nuts? Don't they know the homicide rate in Philly? Did they ever hear of the term road rage?
The horned lizard is popularly called a "horned toad," "horny toad," or "horned frog," but it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names.