How does the Toad cross the Road? Toad Patrol at Sunriver Nature Center!
How does a toad cross the road? With a little help from his friends. The Sunriver Nature Center in Bend, Oregon recently hatched a great idea to help Western Toads during this year’s migration.
Imagine thousands of toads migrating from one spot to another. In this case, from Aspen Lake to nearby meadows and forests. These toads are mostly terrestrial, unlike frogs who need to live right near a body of water.
The pathway from the lake to drier ground puts the tiny amphibians in harms way because they need to cross busy bike paths and roads. Unfortunately, many of them don’t make it. It’s a concern, as the Western Toad population has been declining.
Toad Patrol to the Rescue!
Anytime during the actual migration, the Sunriver Nature Center invites you to stop by and help transport the toads, via bucket, to safer ground. Many families with young children respond in droves to help with the effort.
This year, our grandchildren took part in the effort. It warms our hearts and makes us proud. We believe the future health of our planet rests in the hands of our children - and grandchildren. The way to teach good stewardship is through education and activities that benefit us all.
Skyler and Connor seem to understand the need to help as many toads as possible cross the road to safety. Plus, they had an enjoyable morning with their friends. The outing was a worthwhile, memorable, and fun adventure.