It’s Toad Detouring Season Again.

American Toad (Bufo americanus)
American Toad (Bufo americanus). Photo by Donna L Long.

The American toads (Bufo americanus) are on the move. In the Roxborough area of Philadelphia, the annual toad migration has begun.

Toads migrate to and from their breeding grounds in the woods of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) to breed in the Roxborough Reservoir across Hagy’s Mill & Port Royal Roads.

Each spring, between mid-March and late-April, temporary road detours are staffed by volunteers during peak migration times to help the toads cross the road.

And they need volunteers to help out.  The times the toads migrate are during rush hour traffic and without the volunteers help, toads end up smashed on these busy streets.

Information to help with donations or time can be found at

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