Amphibian Monitoring Methods and Response to Restoration - SPA 2018

Frogs, toads, and salamanders can be difficult to monitor without expensive equipment, long hours in the field, or extensive training. I'll review some amphibian monitoring methods that can provide useful information despite limited resources of time or money. Buckettraps are an inexpensive, easy way to track populations of larvae (tadpoles and "sallywogs"). Cover boards and PVC pipe traps can attract adult salamanders and tree frogs, respectively, and photo mark-recapture methods can allow for non-invasive tracking of individual animals. Scientists and stewards are using these methods in the woodlands of the Chicago Wilderness region to study the response of amphibians to ecological restoration