The Frog Road

There is a road connecting two of the bases – Patch Barracks & Panzer Kaserne – and it is an alternative to the autobahn.  People who use this road call in the ‘Frog Road.’  Why?  During mating season, the frogs try to cross the road to get to the other side.  🙂  Really!!  Along this road, and set back from the shoulder, there is a barricade that is 18-24 inches in height.

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According to people who have lived here longer than a year, this barricade is new;  presumably it was erected to prevent the frogs from crossing the road and potentially getting flattened.  When we sat through the classroom instruction before taking the exam to get our military sponsored driver’s license, the frog road was explained to us:  when it is mating season, you must slow down so you don’t run over the frogs.  Well, the warning signs have gone up and the speed limit has significantly decreased in order for the frogs to have the highest likelihood of safely crossing the road.  (That 30 is kilometers per hour which translates to about 18 miles per hour.  Normally the speed is between 70 and 100 kmph.)  Not only that but there exists an Amphibian Project where volunteers capture the frogs, place them in buckets, and then carry the buckets across the road dumping the frogs out on the other side!  According to our community newspaper, this will happen daily from 7-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., February 18 – May 10.  This sign, however, has us slowing down from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.  How, exactly, are the volunteers with the Amphibian Project actually seeing the frogs in order to catch them when it is dark 7-11 p.m.?  Headlamps?  I would think the greater concern would be slowing down so we don’t hit the volunteers transporting the frogs!

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10 thoughts on “The Frog Road

  1. foodessen

    I had to smile as soon as I read The Frog Road 🙂 I town near me built a tunnel for frog, toad and newt crossing last year. I found it really hard to believe at first and it cost a small fortune.

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  2. Cindy Costanza

    LOVE this! I think you should be on the committee for saving the frogs to add your more practical advice to save the volunteers. 🙂 🙂 Can’t wait to see your next post…love the added humor to all of them!

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  3. Verna Narwold

    oh thanks Terri for the great reads and smiles. . . I agree with Cindy, take your camera and document this grand frog crossing and saving the volunteers.

    You are missed here for sure, but so glad you are enjoying your adventures.
    Verna

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    1. terrimoore65 Post author

      Thanks Verna! First I’ll have to dig out and don my reflective safety vest from the required emergency kit that resides in my car! 😉 Just yesterday I learned more about frog mating! Apparently frogs return to their birth pond to mate which is why there is so much attention given to them now as mating season begins. In fact, a nearby village is closing one of their roads completely from now until mid-May so the frogs may cross safely. Maybe we should put some effort into training the frogs to live out their lives in their birth pond…

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