Boreal Toads and Alpine Wetlands

 

 Ecologist and Conservation Biologist, Mary Pendergast, conducting aquatic habitat assessment training

Ecologist and Conservation Biologist, Mary Pendergast, conducting aquatic habitat assessment training

Join our amphibian assessment Citizen Science Team:2018 marks our 5th year conducting these important toady surveys and amphibian habitat aassessments in the Wasatch. The assessment field protocols are implemented by trained volunteer citizen scientists.  This past season volunteers visited 25 sites up to 3 times each. Join us next spring (date TBD) for the 'expert citizen scientist' training hosted at the Hogle Zoo. The field season (late April-September 2019), gives citizen scientists the opportunity to make site visits that best fit their personal schedules.  This project continues to be applicable to state-wide efforts to better understand aquatic habitats and amphibian indicator species through collaboration with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Utah Geological Survey, and the Hogle Zoo. To be on a list to receive more info as the 2019 season approaches, you can tentatively Register here

Wild Utah Project began participating in a collaborative effort in 2013 with local, state, and federal stakeholders such as Utah Geological Survey, US Forest Service, Hogle Zoo, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), in order to provide biological data for the Central Wasatch Mountains that can be used to inform upcoming management and transportation development decisions (e.g. the pending Mountain Accord Project http://mountainaccord.com).  Goals of this effort include:

1)  Citizen scientists are trained to collect standardized ecological data in an effort to contribute information to the previously identified gaps in existing data, while understanding how their efforts make a difference in conservation of boreal toads and their habitats.

2) The information we collect on suitable boreal toad habitat lacking toads will be used by the UDWR to inform potential boreal toad reintroduction sites in the Central Wasatch.

3) Project teams now conducting environmental review for potential transportation solutions outlined in the Mountain Accord Blueprint for the Central Wasatch Canyons will use the information collected in our surveys and assessments to determine which habitats need to be protected in the future.

4) The data we've collected on aquatic habitat attributes associated with boreal toad surveys is being included in Utah Geological Survey’s statewide analysis and predictive computer model for boreal toad habitat throughout Utah, to inform state-wide surveys and conservation measures.