If anyone wants a higher resolution pdf copy of this report please contact us: email@example.com
Here is just one example of the mapping that resulted from our 2011-2015 amphibian project. This map shows the 10 x 10 km grids in which the Western Toad is found and the dots show the actual wetlands in which it was found. This species is listed as “Special Concern” in Canada so this information is extremely valuable to help protect the toad and its habitat.
The NNS received grants from the BC Public Conservation Assistance Fund to assist with the amphibian monitoring project. The Biolinx team also received funding from the BC Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to participate in this project. Our project is part of the BC Frogwatch program.
Other reports from this project:
Public outreach in the 2015 season: Amphibian Outreach 2015
2014 Kentucky-Alleyne report: Kentucky-Alleyne 2014 Toadlet Mitigation Report
2014 activities in the Kentucky-Alleyne toadlet project: Kentucky-Alleyne – new toadlet fence
Keep scrolling down to see links to earlier reports and web-postings.
Under the guidance of Dr. Kristiina Ovaska, a herpetologist from Biolinx Environmental Research Ltd. in Victoria, the Nicola Naturalist Society is undertaking a multi-year amphibian monitoring project. The first phase of the project is to survey local wetlands (lakes, ponds, beaver dams, streams) to find the best places for long-term monitoring. After training by professional biologists, club members do regular sampling and counting of frogs, salamanders and their tadpoles to determine seasonal and annual variations in abundance and distribution.
We’ve also been working with BC Parks since 2011 to reduce the roadkill of migrating toadlets in the campground of Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park near Merritt. The reports on this project are available here too (link to the latest report is above; for earlier reports scroll down).
The Merritt/Nicola area supports breeding populations of at least five amphibian species:
- Great Basin Spadefoot Spea intermontana (listed as “Threatened” in Canada);
- Western Toad Anaxyrus (formerly Bufo) boreas (listed as “Special Concern” in Canada);
- Columbia Spotted Frog Rana luteiventris;
- Pacific Tree Frog (also known as Pacific Chorus Frog) Pseudacris regilla;
- Long-toed Salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum.
To find out more about volunteering for this project click here to download a 2-page information sheet. NNS Amphibian handout Apr2011
The project has a dedicated e-mail address to contact the volunteer coordinator or leave messages for the project biologists: firstname.lastname@example.org
The links below give more information on this project, allow you to download the data sheets needed for monitoring and reconnaissance, and give updates on the workshops and other events.
Data sheets for amphibian monitoring
Participants can download additional data sheets for monitoring here:
Click here to download the data sheet for surveying waterbodies: Nicola Amphibian Observation Form – version 19 May 2011
Click here to download the call survey form: Amphibian Call Survey Data Form, 18 May 2011
Links for further information and events on the amphibian monitoring:
Click this link to see the Shaw TV video on the NNS amphibian monitoring project on YouTube:
Shaw TV video on the Nicola Naturalist Society amphibian monitoring
Posts on the amphibian project:
- Sandhill Crane outings – April 2021 April 18, 2021
- Sandhill Crane monitoring in the Douglas Lake Plateau April 8, 2021
- Merritt Christmas Bird Count 2019 December 23, 2019
- Nicola Naturalists’ first club camp – July 2018 July 25, 2018
- Amphibian Outreach in 2015 July 30, 2015
- Kentucky-Alleyne toadlet mitigation report for 2014 December 17, 2014
- If you build it they will come …. our new toadlet fence at Kentucky-Alleyne park is working well August 9, 2014
- Spring outing to the Douglas Lake Plateau IBA – 21 April 2014 April 26, 2014
- Kentucky Alleyne toadlet mitigation – 2013 report released January 11, 2014
- From frogs to tadpoles – it’s all happening now. Frogging 2013. June 6, 2013
- Nicola Naturalists contribute to Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park toadlet study – Report now available February 15, 2013
- Another successful season of amphibian monitoring – summer 2012 August 29, 2012
- Frogging photos – Spring 2012 June 26, 2012
- Frogging season 2012 – things are hopping! June 26, 2012
- Amphibians in peril: conserving frogs in a changing world – 26th January 2012, 7 PM at NVIT January 4, 2012
- Nicola Ampibian Monitoring Project – First Progress Report January 3, 2012
- More photos from 2011 amphibian monitoring August 1, 2011
- Frog monitoring adventures – Summer 2011 August 1, 2011
- Froggy photos – from the May NNS workshop and beyond May 23, 2011
- NNS Amphibian Workshop a big success, 14-16 May 2011 May 22, 2011