Review by Lisa Dennis Fernandez, President, Stamford Land Conservation Trust
Salamanders (and Other Cool Things You May Have Forgotten)
I purchased a copy of Between Land & Water: Life Stories of Connecticut’s Amphibians, a DVD filmed in Connecticut. I don’t buy a lot of frog movies…but my friends were raving about this one. It was only $25, supported our community awareness and I figured my family would watch it and donate it to a school. Wellwe’re keeping our copy. You have to buy your own! Yes, it’s a film about amphibians, and discusses habitat loss and fragmentationbut in a way that is uplifting and informative. I hadn’t listened to the sounds of a pond in years. I hadn’t thought of bright orange salamanders (You know, the ones that clamber through wet leaves in the morning after a good rain). They have clever toes and pale spots if you’re lucky enough to see them. Did you know that Connecticut has bright blue salamanders and even black ones with yellow dots? How perfectly delightful this video is to remind me of all the things I’ve been missing. Don’t forget the frogs and toads, with their cheeps and sneeps and burbles! See this DVD and share it with kids or parents of any age. It’s a wonderful reminder of our diminutive neighborsthe variety of nature. Next time you drive Stamford’s “country roads”, turn off the radio. Roll down the window to listen, driving so slowly a toad could get out of the way.
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