Methow Restoration Council

Living With the Methow River

Monthly Activities and Learning Opportunities

May 2017

Amphibian Survey

Amphibian Surveys

Frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts are very sensitive to their environment. Like many other species, they are threatened by habitat degradation, disease, and predation by non-native species. Their permable skin makes them especially vulnerable to chemical contamination of their habitat. Because their health is so closely tied to the state of their surroundings, the study of amphibian populations helps us to gauge the health of their environment.


Biologists and local volunteers survey amphibian populations in a variety of ways, from wading into ponds with dip nets to listening for the calls of adults. The data gathered from these surveys can help us monitor the health of a site over time, tracking the impacts of land use and the effectiveness of habitat restoration. By paying attention to the fragile amphibians, we gain insight into the ecosystem as a whole.

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2017 Calendar


This year’s MRC calendar connects to ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION tailored to each month. If you haven't gotten your calendar yet, you can download an electronic version here.

Come back each month and find interactive activities, print outs, and suggested learning opportunities in our community.