April MacLeod (left) and Sue Thorne (right) checking out one of the four new Salamander Crossing signs that are scattered across the Kildala area. (Walter Thorne photo)

April MacLeod (left) and Sue Thorne (right) checking out one of the four new Salamander Crossing signs that are scattered across the Kildala area. (Walter Thorne photo)

Guest Column – Sue Thorne

Have you seen the new signs in Kildala?

– Story by Sue Thorne

Have you noticed the four new signs that are located in Kildala – two on Quatsino and two on Loganberry near the Civeo Camp?

These four seasonal signs are to remind us that salamanders do cross the roads, going from one marshy area to another.

In the past couple of years, many have been run over trying to locate elsewhere. So please watch out for salamanders and toads and frogs crossing our roads.

The Kitimat Valley Naturalists would like to thank the District of Kitimat for getting the signs made and put up.

In Kitimat and the surrounding valley area, there are many wetlands. A wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is flooded seasonally or permanently.

Wetlands provide habitat for hundreds of species of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, including birds, insects and other wildlife species.

Many are completely dependent on wetlands for critical stages in their life cycles, while others use wetlands for feeding or resting.

Some of our Kitimat area wetlands are being disturbed with all the new projects taking place. This greatly impacts the habitat of wetland species. So please be on the lookout in town and along the dirt roads for our wetland species and let them get from one place to another.

The Goose Creek wetland has an amazing number of bird, fish, amphibian and mammal species. Right now one can go down the haul road on the west side of the valley and the bird song is spectacular. Wetlands are a very important part of our global ecosystem.

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