Iowa's frog and toad survey, 1995-2003.

(2005) Iowa's frog and toad survey, 1995-2003. Natural Resources, Department of

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Abstract

This survey began in response to widespread interest of declines in amphibians. More recently, a comprehensive statewide planning group discovered 44% of Iowa’s herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) to be of special concern. In response to these concerns, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Program (WDP) initiated an auditory survey for calling anurans to determine geographic distributions within the state. This survey has established itself as an extensive, long term monitoring program. This 2005 report is the second edition since the first report of this survey was shared in 1998 by then program biologist Lisa Hemesath. The goals of the survey are to: (1) determine the distributions of Iowa’s anuran species, (2) determine population trends for each species, and (3) promote education about aquatic life by using volunteers to conduct the survey. In addition to Iowa, volunteer-based auditory surveys for frogs and toads are currently being used in the Midwest by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: frogs, toads, amphibians, wetlands
Subjects: Natural resources and environment
Natural resources and environment > Ecology
Natural resources and environment > Ecology > Animals
Natural resources and environment > Ecology > Animals > Endangered animals
ID Code: 18993
Deposited By: Timothy Skeers
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2015 20:46
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 20:49
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18993