Friday, February 7, 2014

Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Surveys begin!

30 baby Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) were released in Storza Woods last year at an artificial ephemeral wetland made by amphibian conservation staff, volunteers and interns. Storza Woods is one of the many sites being monitored this field season. Pictured here is an adult female.
This month, the first surveys for the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program began in Dekalb and Fulton Counties. Initiated by the Amphibian Conservation Program, we hope to collect data on the 17 species of frog and 14 species of salamander native to Greater Atlanta. In time, this data could provide us with vital information on the health and status of our urban amphibian communities, as well as identify potential sites for conservation and habitat restoration.

Last year, amphibian conservation staff, volunteers and interns built an artificial ephemeral wetland inside of Storza Woods (the north west corner of the Garden) and released almost 30 baby Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) into the water to disburse on their own. Spotted Salamanders typically return to their natal puddle each year.

For more information on the MAAMP or to get involved, click here!