The boreal toad was once common in Utah’s mountains but has experienced serious population declines during the past two decades. Primary threats include; the spread of a deadly fungus called chytrid, water management, urbanization, pollutants, development, and drought/climate change. For these reasons, the boreal toad is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Utah's Wildlife Action Plan and is listed as “sensitive” by the U.S. Forest Service.
The outcome of these effects on the species is uncertain as we have limited data on boreal toads and their habitat. The Amphibian and Aquatic Habitat Assessments project is a partnership Wild Utah Project built with Utah's Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Community scientists will collect information about frog and toad eggs, tadpoles, and adults, along with collecting water quality samples. Data are used to help management agencies better understand amphibian habitats and conserve them.
Training Required? No
Our 2019 training has past. Learn more about how you can still get involved by clicking the ‘sign up here' link below and visiting the Community Scientist Resources Page.
Commitment Level: Flexible and varies, depending on interest
Field Season: April – September
Requirements: Field work, hiking, vehicle