North Coventry Township

2017 Dog Licensing Campaign – Notice to Residents

The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement (Department of Agriculture) will be conducting a license canvass in Chester County on May 17th.  Multiple wardens will be going door to door educating dog owners as well as checking the status of their dog licenses and rabies vaccinations.

Love your dog, license your dog

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way to get him back.  The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Locally you can purchase Regular and Senior Licenses at Diane’s Discount Pet Supplies at 1486 S. Hanover Street.

Chester County State Dog Warden: Maureen Siddons 610-909-5666

2017 Amphibian Friends Recap

Dear Amphibian Friends,

 
     Thank you for a successful 10th year! So many people to thank. Thank you to North Coventry Township for letting me close down Wells Road for the kids and for your support! Thank you to the North Coventry Police for lending me the cones and barricades that I use for safety. Thank you to Chief Schurr, for the station-to-house delivery! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and helped! Thank you to all the volunteers who were on-call when nothing happened. Thank you to my neighbors for driving carefully when they see the volunteers on rainy nights. And finally, thank you to my family and friends for putting up with my weather reports and worries from February until April! Here is a ballpark of what we helped this year. Beginning on February 25th and ending on March 31st. We were out volunteering five nights.
 
Totals
Spotted Salamanders:  293
Jefferson Salamanders:  5
Wood Frogs: 210
Spring Peepers:  18
American Toads:  10
 
Casualties
Spotted Salamanders: 7
Wood Frogs: 25
Spring Peepers: 2
American Toads:  2
 
     Many of you have asked me about the American Toads and when they migrate. We help the “explosive migrations” such as the two types of salamanders and wood frogs. The toads don’t have “explosive migrations” and they come to the vernal pool later. They are even harder for me to predict than the salamanders and wood frogs because they can cross when it is not raining. If you are really interested you can send me your phone numbers for a group text, but it would be really last minute since I don’t know until I happen to be outside when they decide to move. 
     One final plug…..On April 22nd (Earth Day) I will be in D.C. attending the Science March. I do believe the numbers of amphibians we help each year are decreasing. I feel the increasing temperatures are affecting the amphibians and they are very susceptible to changes in their environment. I will also be down for the Climate March on the 29th. I think of myself as the modern day Lorax  (minus the mustache). The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss character who speaks for the trees (and the amphibians) for they have no tongues (well the amphibians do, but they still don’t speak)!  I know I am preaching to the choir if you are on the amphibian alert email list, so keep up the good work and keep the pressure on our politicians to keep the planet healthy!
 
Thank you,
Kim

AMPHIBIAN FRIENDS NEWSLETTER 2017

Dear Amphibian Friends,

Happy Decennial Anniversary! This is the TENTH YEAR that we have been helping the amphibians cross St. Peters and Wells Roads. Yes, with the help of all of you, the North Coventry Township officials and the North Coventry Police we have helped many, many amphibians migrate safely.

Looks like this Winter is over (if we can call that a Winter). Who says Global Warming is just a hoax?? I’ve gathered up all of our vests, cones and barriers and now we just need to wait for a rainy night.

Our migrations can begin at any time now and are usually finished by early April. On average we have about 3 or 4 nights that we may need to be outside helping the amphibians cross. Here are the three conditions that need to be met if there is going to be a migration:

  1. Temperatures above freezing
  2. Actively raining or very wet
  3. Dark

The safety of our volunteers is of utmost importance.  Any children must have VERY close parental supervision and stay on Wells Road, which the North Coventry Township and North Coventry Police allow us to close so the children can watch and help the amphibians. 

Guidelines for Volunteers
  • Please come dressed for the weather. Bring a flashlight (head lamps are popular), rain gear, and a non-metallic bucket. Safety vests will be given out at check-in.
  • Wells Rd. will be closed from Saint Peters Rd. down to a coned off area. It is best to drive in from Hill Camp Rd., onto Wells Rd. and park on the right side of Wells Rd. up to the cones.
  • Walk up and check-in at my blue Highlander at the top of St. Peters Rd. and Wells Rd. before heading out onto St. Peters Rd. You will be given instructions and a vest.
  • Volunteers will position themselves on a segment of St. Peters Rd. and watch that section. The majority of amphibians need help crossing St. Peters Rd. directly in front of the vernal pool and short distance to the north.
  • If a vehicle approaches, you will pick up any amphibians that are in danger and help them cross the road in the direction that they were heading. Sometimes it is very hard to tell so we take them to the side most amphibians are travelling. Bare clean hands are best so it doesn’t interfere with the protective coating on the amphibian’s skin.
  • We are NOT allowed to impede traffic in any way.
  • Try to keep a rough tally of what kind of amphibians you see, how many you see, and which way they are crossing. When you are finished volunteering for the night, please checkout and let us know what you tallied.  The migration usually begins at dusk and the traffic slows by 9 or 10 depending on what night of the week it is.

If you received this email, you are on the email alert list. This means I will send out an email alert to let you know if I think the weather conditions are optimal for a migration.  I try to get an email out around lunchtime. If evening comes and you are still in doubt whether to come out, call my home number or cell. Mother Nature is very fickle and I can only take a good guess at what the amphibians are going to decide to do on a certain night.

Thank you,

Kim White, Coordinator of Volunteers

*If you would like to be taken off the volunteer email alert list, please let me know (otherwise you will be receiving a lot of emails in February and March). If you know of someone that would like to be added, please send me his or her name and email address.

From the Archives……of the NCPD

 

On September 10th 1959 North Coventry Police Chief Daniel Guldin died in the line of duty while arresting a suspect for drunk and disorderly conduct.  In 2001, then Chief Mike Benyo wrote this letter below in support of the former Chief’s  inclusion in the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Read more in this 2011 article by the Pottstown Mercury 

 

 

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