A Call for Pie Bakers
Lummi Island's frogs, newts, and salamanders act as indicator species, reflecting the health of the ecosystem around them. Unlike reptiles, birds and mammals, amphibians spend at least part of their life cycle as eggs and juveniles in an aquatic environment. Their delicate porous skin absorbs gases and liquids including oxygen, water, or pollutants and chemicals that may be in the air, water or soil. Throughout their lifecycle, amphibians are sensitive to changes in the environment.
Each spring a dedicated team of citizen scientists monitor, survey and record data about amphibians in our wetlands. Strapping on boots and waders, volunteers explore ponds, creeks, and sloughs to look for evidence of the amphibian population. Egg masses, larvae, tadpoles, and adults can give us clues about the health of the surrounding ecosystem.
With help from Vikki Jackson and the Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Program we have records going back to 2015. Monitoring is ongoing for numerous species such as Pacific Chorus frogs, red-legged tree frogs, northwest salamanders, and rough-skinned newts. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for these critters this spring!