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Post by Donnamarie on Mon Apr 18 2016, 20:31

The chuckle of the day.

Whether it's true or not .....

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Post by annemarie on Mon Apr 18 2016, 21:04

Lol I think George would see the humor in Randy toads .

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon Apr 18 2016, 23:52

Cindy too!

The story is so goofy

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Post by oldweston on Tue Apr 19 2016, 01:37

What a completely wonderful story. Makes me want to move to England. I believe we may have turtle patrols of sorts - in the countryside turtles are at serious risk, for obvious reasons, when crossing roads. A toad patrol and people working together to ensure that the toads safely migrate sounds so lovely.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 19 2016, 02:23

lol! And of course any toads on George's property would just have to be horny!

I wonder what other surprises this property holds for him. Floods, toads - what's next? A ghost? Very Happy

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Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 19 2016, 02:50

Lol lizzy.

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Post by melbert on Tue Apr 19 2016, 03:53

LizzyNY wrote:
I wonder what other surprises this property holds for him. Floods, toads - what's next? A ghost? Very Happy

And her name is Baria!

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 19 2016, 03:55

Mel- I said "ghost" not witch! Very Happy

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Post by melbert on Tue Apr 19 2016, 04:09

Well, some ghosts can really rattle some chains!

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 19 2016, 04:25

Yeah! And so can some mothers-in-law! Very Happy

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 19 2016, 06:28

We do the same with toads in spring: block roads so they are able to cross them without being run, and if this is not possuble, we have tunnels and also fences and collect the toads in the evening...

And if you live on an island there's always a chance of toads in spring...

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue Apr 19 2016, 13:11

Carolhathaway, that is so interesting. As goofy as I called this story it really is wonderful that wildlife is cared for in such a caring way in communities. Such as the turtle patrols that oldweston mentioned yesterday.

I wasn't aware that in spring the toad traffic could be such an issue. So they are trying to make their way to water from wherever they've been hibernating over the winter? Is that right?

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 19 2016, 13:39

Donna,
It's actually quite fascinating:
Toads overwinter in burrows in forests.
The female (do you call them female or nanny?) toads always return to the pond or pool where they hatched themselves. Which means that they have a sort of 'navigation system' which takes them there. So hundreds of them migrate at the same time, mostly at dawn. 

A friend told me that he was on his bike when a group of toats crossed the road he was on and it was very slippery because of the toats. The breaks didn't work properly so he had a bad accident.
So to close the roads at that time or to have fences and collect the toats saves the toats and people as well...

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue Apr 19 2016, 14:46

Carolhathaway, thanks! You are a wealth of information.

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 19 2016, 15:08

You're welcome!
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Post by amaretti on Tue Apr 19 2016, 15:16

March of the horny toads .    Very Happy

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 19 2016, 15:40

Very Happy It always amuses me that people are surprised when animals don't use the road crossings we so lovingly set up for them. How on earth would they know what those signs are for? (ie: deer crossing signs) Do we expect the deer to only cross where the signs are?

What the people in Sonning and in Carolhathaway's town are doing is really commendable. It's hands-on and practical and seems like it would have a great success rate.

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Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 19 2016, 19:05

Yes because animals are supposed to read signs and do what they say, humans.

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 19 2016, 22:03

LizzyNY wrote:Very Happy It always amuses me that people are surprised when animals don't use the road crossings we so lovingly set up for them. How on earth would they know what those signs are for? (ie: deer crossing signs) Do we expect the deer to only cross where the signs are?

What the people in Sonning and in Carolhathaway's town are doing is really commendable. It's hands-on and practical and seems like it would have a great success rate.

Yes, we even build bridges when we build new roads because we think that deers and wild boars know that it's much safer for them to use the bridge instead of crossing the road...

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 19 2016, 22:24

carolhathaway wrote:
Yes, we even build bridges when we build new roads because we think that deers and wild boars know that it's much safer for them to use the bridge instead of crossing the road...
Does it work? Do the animals use the bridges?

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Post by melbert on Wed Apr 20 2016, 03:31

LizzyNY wrote:Very Happy It always amuses me that people are surprised when animals don't use the road crossings we so lovingly set up for them. How on earth would they know what those signs are for? (ie: deer crossing signs) Do we expect the deer to only cross where the signs are?

What the people in Sonning and in Carolhathaway's town are doing is really commendable. It's hands-on and practical and seems like it would have a great success rate.

A little off topic, but not totally!


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Post by carolhathaway on Wed Apr 20 2016, 06:25

Lizzy,
it often doesn't work. You have to add fences etc. so the animals really have no alternative because otherwise they will always go the direct route. In my area we have lots of deers and wild boars and also lynx (I live near mountains, and a national park is there as well.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Apr 20 2016, 13:10

Carolhathaway - I'm sorry. It was a joke (a very little joke, apparently). I know  the animals don't understand we're trying to keep them safe.  It sounds like you live in a beautiful area and that you're working hard to keep it that way.

Mel- lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!     The American education system has a lot to answer for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed Apr 20 2016, 13:12

Clearly the deer (or that poor woman in the video) haven't gotten the memo ....

About the crossings, fences or bridges

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed Apr 20 2016, 13:59

Mel,
thanks for the video! It's so funny, I would think it's a prank if I were on the radio station...

Lizzy, sorry for not getting the joke! It was too early in the morning for me...

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Apr 20 2016, 15:16

Carolhathaway - Very Happy No problem. It wasn't a very good joke anyway.

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