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!
People, Dogs, Plants and Wildlife
A summertime reminder. Our nature preserve trails are busier than ever!
The Heritage Trust is responsible for managing 1,088 acres of treasured Lummi Island land and has an enormous responsibility to ensure safety for our visitors, protection of the sensitive ecological areas and wildlife, and fairness to every person who chooses to visit a Heritage Trust Preserve. We can’t be on site 24/7, so we depend on people like you to be respectful of the public access rules posted at the Preserves. You are a big part of this legacy of undeveloped, preserved land that we will leave for future generations. Thank you!
Otto Preserve – dogs on leash
Curry Preserve – dogs on leash
Baker Preserve – dogs not allowed
Learn more about how and why we make rules for the Preserves.