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Year one results of Egg Mass surveys in Portland Metro Area and Coos Bay

Our amphibian citizen science program shows that amphibians love our preserves, both in the Portland Metro area, and on the coast. Preliminary results showed the presence of more than 1,000 egg masses…and we’re still counting! Portland Metro Area: After classroom and field training, 15 citizen volunteers worked with TWC land steward Megan Garvey, and resident amphibian

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8th grade scientists in Coos Bay love their amphibians

Master Watershed Stewards from Marshfield High School spent two afternoons this winter learning about amphibians and being trained to identify and monitor their presence based on adults and egg masses surveyed in the wetland. Many thanks to our partner, the Coos Watershed Association for leading this study on our Matson Creek Preserve in Coos Bay, Oregon.  Check

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Spring amphibian surveys are underway!

This spring, with the help of amphibian expert Katie Holzer, our urban land stewards Megan and Kaegan have launched an amphibian survey program to monitor amphibian populations on six of our urban preserves.  Together, they trained and developed a dedicated amphibian survey team of about 20 people for a season-long search for the egg masses

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Amphibians in the City

Amphibians are a key indicator species of ecosystem health. Their presence or absence can tell us a lot about the general health of a wetland or riparian area in addition to giving us a sense of site water and habitat quality. When climatic and hydrologic changes occur in an ecosystem, amphibians are often the first to react. Their thin skin makes them vulnerable to temperature increases, chemical pollutants, disease, and radiation. The combinations of pollutants, habitat fragmentation and development in urban areas have had a negative impact on amphibian populations. In the Portland Metro area, everything from mutations of extra legs to complete absence of native amphibians has been documented.

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