Our hippity hoppity pal, the Oregon spotted frog, has had an amazing year thanks to you! As the most endangered amphibians in Canada, this frog needs all the help it can get. Thanks to a year of Bring Back the Wild campaigns, this species has a few thousand new friends that have taken action to help save them.
Oregon Spotted Frog Supporters
From September 2012 to August 2013, over 5,000 kids signed up to protect this incredible amphibian. All these Bring Back the Wild campaigns helped spread awareness and raise funds to support wetland restoration and the re-introduction of this species back into the wild to help natural populations. Why did so many Earth Ranger kids decide to help this frog? Clearly it’s because they’re awesome! Earth Ranger Sebbo says “I really like frogs too. So, I decided to support this guy.” Earth Ranger Ophelia says “I am working on the Oregon spotted frog and they are so cute!!!!!!”
Did We Meet Our Goals?
A year ago Earth Rangers across Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium set out to help the Oregon spotted frog. Here’s what we planned:
- Build a new breeding facility on the roof of the Vancouver Aquarium
- Help researchers at the Vancouver Aquarium breed tadpoles and release them back into the wild
- Restore important wetland habitat in the Aldergrove Lake Regional Park area
We’re proud to report back that our save the frog plan was a HUGE success! Construction of an additional state-of-the-art breeding facility at the Vancouver Aquarium has been completed. Explore the tadpole breeding facility. This breeding facility is such a great home to Oregon spotted frogs that we actually EXCEEDED our tadpole goal of breeding and releasing. We had planned to release three times as many tadpoles as we did in 2012, but we blew past this record! In the spring we released four times as many tadpoles into the wild as we did in 2012, reaching a total of 8,105 baby Oregon spotted frogs; see these tadpoles swim home.
All these baby frogs need a place in the wild to be released, which is why we also committed to restoring wetland habitat that would give them the perfect home. Last fall a site was selected in the Aldergrove Lake Regional Park, and the Vancouver Aquarium has been working hard to restore this area to make it perfect for Oregon spotted frogs. Today the restoration work is 30% complete and is on target to be finished this fall! Once the site grows and matures it will be ready for re-introduction of tadpoles. Check out this new frog habitat.
Your Donations in Action
Tadpole Check up
Since releasing over 8,000 Oregon spotted frog tadpoles into the wild, the Vancouver Aquarium has been busy keeping an eye on them. After all, it would not be right to release these frogs and not check up on them to make sure they were ok. Biologists with the Oregon spotted frog Recovery Team have been doing non-invasive trapping to search for juvenile tadpoles and make sure they’re growing up healthy. So far the team has found juvenile Oregon spotted frogs at the release site, which shows that these frogs are surviving in their new home! The hope is that these newly released frogs will grow up and breed in the wild, helping to grow the population. To check for evidence of frog breeding, the biologists will visit the tadpole release spot in the spring of 2014 to search for egg masses. It is through releasing these tadpoles into spots where they can grow up and have babies of their own that we can really bring back this species from the brink of extinction!
Two tadpole release sites have been set up in the Aldergrove area, the first is an established wetland, and the second is the one YOUR Bring Back the Wild campaigns helped restore. Already the area has been prepped; here’s what’s next for this soon-to-be decked out froggie crib.
- Continue to remove invasive plant species
- Excavation and creation of four different habitat zones to suit the needs of the Oregon spotted frog at different stages in its life cycle by offering different water depths and plant species
- Seeding and planting of native grasses, flowers, aquatic shoreline plants and trees
This new habitat is also near other important wildlife areas, so as the wetland is restored it will not only help the Oregon spotted frog but also provide a home for tons of other species including endangered fish.