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Kayana Szymczak

Mass Audubon's "Big Night" program was held on Tuesday, April 14, in Milton. Gail Janeczek, assistant director at Mass Audubon's Trailside Museum, leads a group of families to vernal pools on the Blue Hills Reservation.

During Big Night, which occurs over several nights between March 1 and April 30 every year, salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers migrate to vernal pools. Emma Snellings, a teacher and naturalist at the Mass Audubon, searches for ambiphibians in one of these pools.

Kayana Szymczak

During Big Night, which occurs over several nights between March 1 and April 30 every year, salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers migrate to vernal pools. Emma Snellings, a teacher and naturalist at the Mass Audubon, searches for ambiphibians in one of these pools.

Many of the creatures that emerge during Big Night are small and good at camoflague, but most of them are also loud. Gail Janeczek shows Corinne, 7, Lydia, 10, and Anders Geering images of the various amphibian creatures they will be looking for.

Kayana Szymczak

Many of the creatures that emerge during Big Night are small and good at camoflague, but most of them are also loud. Gail Janeczek shows Corinne, 7, Lydia, 10, and Anders Geering images of the various amphibian creatures they will be looking for.

Jeff Turner, a photographer from East Bridgewater, examines a guide to Big Night amphibians with his daughter, Lily, 6.

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Jeff Turner, a photographer from East Bridgewater, examines a guide to Big Night amphibians with his daughter, Lily, 6.

Gail Janeczek shows Jeff Turner, Lily Turner, 6, and Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, a spring peeper.

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Gail Janeczek shows Jeff Turner, Lily Turner, 6, and Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, a spring peeper.

Amphibians like this spring peeper migrate to vernal pools because there are no fish there, increasing their eggs' odds of survival.

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Amphibians like this spring peeper migrate to vernal pools because there are no fish there, increasing their eggs' odds of survival.

Lily Turner, 6, and Lydia Geering, 10, examine a spring peeper that was found in a vernal pool.

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Lily Turner, 6, and Lydia Geering, 10, examine a spring peeper that was found in a vernal pool.

There are about 7,100 certified vernal pools in Massachusetts, according to Jacob Kubel of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, searches one located on the Blue Hills Reservation.

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There are about 7,100 certified vernal pools in Massachusetts, according to Jacob Kubel of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, searches one located on the Blue Hills Reservation.

As it grew darker, it was hard to tell where the ground ended and the water began. Allesandra Krejci-Papa, 13, soaked her jeans from the knee to the ankle to catch this spring peeper.

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As it grew darker, it was hard to tell where the ground ended and the water began. Allesandra Krejci-Papa, 13, soaked her jeans from the knee to the ankle to catch this spring peeper.

Milton, MA -- 04/14/15 -- Allesandra Krejci-Papa shows off her catch to Greer Woodward, 9, Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, and Corinne Geering, 7.

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Milton, MA -- 04/14/15 -- Allesandra Krejci-Papa shows off her catch to Greer Woodward, 9, Serena Krejci-Papa, 13, and Corinne Geering, 7.

A flashlight illuminates a spring peeper. The annual Big Night migration threatens amphibians like this one, which often have to cross roads during peak traffic hours to reach vernal pools.

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A flashlight illuminates a spring peeper. The annual Big Night migration threatens amphibians like this one, which often have to cross roads during peak traffic hours to reach vernal pools.

Emma Snellings and Corrine Geering, 7, investigate a pool as the light dims.

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Emma Snellings and Corrine Geering, 7, investigate a pool as the light dims.

If it’s noisy, it’s ‘Big Night’ in the woods

The event in the Blue Hills Reservation actually occurs when amphibians migrate to vernal pools to breed. By Hattie Bernstein

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