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Pond Breeding Amphibian Monitoring

Monitoring Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander breeding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pond Breeding Amphibian Monitoring

Starting in February (typically), we visit 3 sites in the Smokies every two weeks to monitor Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander breeding. We count the number of egg masses of each species and take water chemistry measurements. The project ends when all the eggs hatch, typically in April or early May. If there’s warm weather in January, this may trigger a particularly early breeding bout. To do this monitoring, we don chest waders and muck around in the deep, dark, cold water of these ephemeral pools. Nothing can compare to the magic of standing waist deep in murky water, surrounded by thousands of croaking Wood frogs in early spring. More information on this project can be found at: Pond Breeding Amphibian Monitoring



Topic - amphibian, frog, salamander, eggs, breeding, spring, ephemeral, pond

Audience - upper elementary-adult

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, research, inventory, biodiversity, long term monitoring


Parent Project:

 Monarch Watch



 National Park Service

 University of North Carolina, Asheville



 Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont email Tiffany Beachy