Frogs and Salamanders on the Move: Amphibians and Connectivity

When: April 28, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: TBD, Location Provided to Registrants, Essex, NY

Green Frog (© Larry Master)

As the spring chorus of amphibians returns, so too comes the annual threat of roads to the survival of our region’s frogs and salamanders as they migrate across land to reach their breeding wetlands. Habitat fragmentation, along with amphibians’ sensitivity to changes in the environment, has landed these critters among the most threatened vertebrate organisms.  Join Dr. David Patrick of Paul Smith’s College for an overview of the amphibian diversity in the region and their ecology. After a short indoor introduction, we’ll head outdoors to explore the Champlain Valley’s amphibian diversity and current threats first hand. Bring your flashlight and learn tips for identifying and finding individual amphibian species!

Space is limited; please pre-register by calling 802.453.7880 or emailing

Dr. Dave Patrick is an assistant professor of Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Director of the Center for Adirondack Biodiversity at Paul Smith’s College. Recently, while based at SUNY-ESF, Dave worked with NY Department of Transportation on a project to reduce the effects of roads on amphibians and reptiles in the state. Currently, he’s working to monitor biodiversity in the Adirondacks and develop the Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory.

This event is co-sponsored by Champlain Area Trails.

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