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Amphibians

Western Toad: Bufo boreasIn 2003 and 2004 SEAWEAD teamed up with Discovery Southeast naturalist Richard Carstensen, Denver Zoological Foundation scientist Sanjay Pyare and USGS herpetologist Michael Adams to inventory and monitor western toads in Southeast Alaska. The objectives of the project were to: 1) Develop/refine methodology for monitoring toad distribution in SE Alaska; 2) Establish quantitative baselines of toad distribution throughout Southeast Alaska; 3) Describe breeding-pond habitat and possible sources of decline, e.g. chytrid fungus; and 4) Provide a monitoring and conservation action plan.

 

Cheryl conducting a pond survey in Glacier BayIn 2004 we conducted the pilot work necessary to identify monitoring site locations throughout the region and apply the survey protocols laid out by the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI). The pilot efforts were conducted in Glacier Bay and Klondike Goldrush National Parks and were supported through the efforts of Blain Anderson and the National Park Foundation, Meg Hahr at the National Park Service, and the generous volunteering of the collaborative research team. In 2005 Sanjay Pyare used the pilot work to embark on a regional effort and we look forward to learning more from him soon.

 

Western Toad metamorph from the Taiya river areaIn 2002-2003 our partners on the Discovery Southeast research team collected anecdotal amphibian observations from the public. We helped them organize 313 records into a GIS database for easy reference. This data will be used to help this years collaboration to identify locations for the 2004+ regional inventory effort. If you would like to add to the atlas please contact us. We would like GPS coordinates and species ID for your observations but we will gladly accept approximate locations for any amphibian. Contact us via e-mail with observation details and contact information or call 586-1272. Your observations are important to the regional study.

 

click here to check out the poster we made for the Glacier Bay science symposium. click here to read Richard's Journal entries from the Taku river, Glacier Bay and the Dyea river. click here to read the draft study proposal.