There are 4 pond breeding species of native amphibians that we find in our area; northwestern salamanders (Ambystoma gracile), red-legged frogs (Rana aurora), Pacific chorus frogs (Pseudacris regilla), and long-toed salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum). They lay their eggs in ponds and wetlands in winter, usually just after the last frosts. Our volunteers wear waders, carry walking sticks, and use giant spoons to search for egg masses in the wetland.
By identifying amphibian populations throughout the metro area, we have a greater understanding of trends for these indicator species. Note: Volunteers who intend to participate in surveys must have attended the training. Youth 16-18 may participate in the in-the-field surveys if they are authorized by a parent or guardian. Field work is done in-stream and on uneven marsh terrain.