Western Toad Migration at Summit Lake getting ready to start.

The annual Western Toad migration from Summit Lake to their winter range up the mountainside to the south has begun with the toads staging at the lakeshore. The following is from Bruce Cottingham who was at Summit Lake yesterday, August 6, 2014.

It appears that the toadlets are starting to gather in relatively limited numbers at the moment. However, apparently there are large numbers in the lake on their way to the beaches. Biggest gathering noticed was at the Day Park boat launch as per picture attached.

Western Toads staging for the migration.

Western Toads staging for the migration.

The annual Summit Lake Toadfest, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, is scheduled for August 26 and 27, 2014 but the toads have their own calendar. Angus Glass, coordinator of Toadfest, reports that this is earlier than usual and “… And yes, given the hot dry weather may be best not to move any right now, especially as they do like to hang out in the staging areas, possibly for a week or more. They will be looking for rainfall for sure.

Let’s hope for rain when the toads are ready.

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