Scientists and the Community working together to track amphibians
Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project
Frogs, toads and salamanders are disappearing around the world - but you can help by tracking their whereabouts in the Rocky Mountain region! Adopt a catchment, visit the site to find which frogs, toads and salamanders you can find, and be part of the Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project!
Thank you for another successful field season of searching for Wyoming’s amphibians! It might feel like forever ago that you were wading through willow thickets in search of a tiny hopping frog—but that means we’re just a few months away from those lovely summer days in search of Wyoming’s and Colorado’s amphibians again. In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy looking back on the results of your 2021 surveys in this report.
Do you love hearing the symphony of ribbits and croaks at a pond, or watching young toadlets and froglets hop in the willows? Then the Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project is the perfect place for you! This citizen science and professional monitoring project is geared toward gathering as much information as we can about amphibians in Wyoming and beyond! Learn more about the project below.
Even though there's proof of world-wide declines in amphibian populations, funding to monitor amphibian populations is extremely low. Amphibians tend to be the forgotten child of the wildlife world; since they are so good at hiding from us, they aren't hunted like elk or deer, and they're not fuzzy and classically cute like ferrets or pygmy rabbits.
But they need our help! Amphibians are disappearing around the world. Because they don’t get much attention, oftentimes populations disappear without anyone knowing… until it’s too late.
You Can Help!
We need people to be partners in helping keep track of amphibian populations in the Rocky Mountain region so that we can identify problems in time to correct them. Standardized monitoring allows us to have an "early warning system" that will alert us to potential declines. Once alerted, we can focus our resources on correcting the problem before it’s too late.
The Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project was launched in April 2014, after years of discussion and planning with our partners. We currently operate in three National Forests, the Medicine Bow in southeastern Wyoming, the Bridger Teton in northwestern Wyoming, and the Routt in northern Colorado. We hope to expand our project to include more of the region in future years!
The Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project is a partnership of federal and state agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and citizen scientists dedicated to collecting data on amphibians in the Rocky Mountain region in a standardized manner. Resulting datasets are be compatible with existing monitoring programs (e.g., ARMI) and can contribute to analysis of amphibian population trends at multiple spatial scales.