Amphibian and Reptile Communities, Wilderness

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Project Goals
Co-locate sites with other research teams to quantify the occurrence of amphibians using acoustic loggers.
Use location data provided by the hydrologic team that indicates a range of sites across a gradient of flows and hydrologic connectivity.
Quantify habitat heterogeneity that is critical for amphibian species.
Summarize historical field studies, technical reports, and publications to describe the current amphibian and reptile wildlife community.
Relate amphibian (and reptiles as detected) community to environmental flows and riparian habitat.

Project Methods
We will collaborate with the avian team from NAU (PI Tad Theimer) to coordinate the deployment parameters of acoustic loggers. Acoustic loggers will be deployed during summer 2021. Because we want to survey both common and rare amphibians, some species are explosive breeders, meaning that calling and breeding might only occur 2-3 nights following rainfall. Other studies have successfully used acoustic recorders to document the occurrence of relatives of the Arizona toad (Arroyo toad in California and Houston toad in Texas, both federally listed species). The deployment has used interval logging, by programming to record the first 10 minutes of each hour from 1800 hours to 0500 hours the following morning (MacLaren et al. 2018).
StatusActive
Effective start/end date6/22/2112/31/23

Funding

  • USDA: Forest Service (FS): $84,980.00

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