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Amphibian Surveys

Amphibians are considered one of nature’s best indicators of biodiversity and overall ecosystem health in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems due to their longevity, small territory size, site fidelity, and sensitivity to environmental alterations. Amphibian declines serve as proxies for co-occurring declines in many other species.

We are working to assess the distribution, abundance and community composition of amphibians in different locations and to identify high priority sites for amphibian conservation.  We use a variety of survey methods including visual searches, vocal and egg mass surveys, and live trapping using dip nets, funnel traps and Artificial Cover Objects.

We are particularly interested in three local amphibian species at risk - the Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora), Pacific Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei), and Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas). All three are threatened (blue-listed) species in British Columbia and Species of Special Concern in Canada.

To learn more about local amphibian species, please click here to visit our Amphibian Species page.

 
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