Park Closures September 7, 2014
Please note that on Sunday, September 7th, the parking lot, visitor center, Weir Studio, and Young Studio will close at 1 pm for the annual Jazz in the Garden event. The 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm tours of the Weir House will not be offered.
National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site
An inventory carried out in 2000 revealed twelve different amphibian species at Weir Farm National Historic Site. The frogs included Wood frog (Rana sylvatica), Pickerel frog (Rana palustris), American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer), Fowler's toad (Bufo fowleri), Green Frog, and Gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor). The salamanders included Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), Eastern red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus), Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus v. viridescens), Northern two-lined salamander (Eurycea bislineata), and Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum). They can all be found in wetland pools, along seeps, springs, and streams, in the woods, or on the hiking trails.
Amphibians are known for their dual ability to live in water or on land. Red-Spotted Newts are no different. Red-Spotted Newts, also known as Eastern Newts or Red Efts, are a common site along the park's hiking trails, particularly following a rain. They spend their youth in the water, then on land for two to seven years, before returning to the water to mature into aquatic adults. As aquatic adults they are water bound and no longer able to return to land. They can often be seen moving under the ice in the winter, as they stay active year round.
Amphibian Checklist (PDF ~91 KB)
Did You Know?
Painter Julian Alden Weir installed stars on the ceiling of all three of his studios. He had three studios: one in New York City, one in Windham, CT and one behind his home in Branchville, CT. Visitors will be able to see the original stars in his Branchville studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site once the Weir Studio has been restored in late 2013.