The smallest animals usually are the most overlooked, both in stature and in their importance. Unfortunately, they are increasingly at risk and many now join the endangered species list. The upside is that it's surprisingly easy to help them, and easy to see them. I am of course referring to amphibian life that quietly sustains life in our temperate forests.
What's the problem?
The earliest rains of the spring bring sleeping newts, salamanders, frogs and toads out of the ground and out looking for love but as they make their migrations back to their vernal pools they must cross a deadly no man's land, a paved road. If that doesn't seem scary, imagine this: you wake up from a coma, weak and groggy, and immediately have to sprint across half a football field in the cold rain. Also, there's an earthquake and howling monster trucks speeding around with grim reapers in the drivers seat. It sounds ridiculous but it's reality for entire populations of tiny fragile animals. Populations can suffer 75 percent loss this way.