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Let's go explore the wetlands and say hi to the frogs. Don't forget your rain boots and your beer!
Conserving Kermit: Reintroduction of northern leopard frogs in western Canada
Worldwide, no taxonomic group is disappearing faster than amphibians. Once widespread and abundant, northern leopard frogs began to disappear from many wetlands in western North America in the 1970s and ‘80s likely due to habitat loss, invasive species, and disease. Our goal is to help prevent the local extinction and aid the recovery of Northern Leopard frogs in western Canada. I will discuss recent attempts to reintroduce northern leopard frogs in the Columbia Marshes and the East Kootenay region.
Amphibians in the City
Amphibians are indicators of wetland health, but they have been disappearing within urban environments as habitats are being destroyed or degraded. This project, in collaboration with the Miistakis Institute, investigated the health of Calgary’s urban wetlands along the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway. By evaluating different environmental variables at various wetlands around the city, we investigated what specific variables affect amphibian populations. We are now working with the city to determine how we might move forward to protect amphibian biodiversity within Calgary city limits.