Building and restoring wetland habitats and measuring the success of these habitats in supporting Oregon Spotted Frog populations is critical to the recovery of the species.
Over the years, five sites have been built or restored to support suitable Oregon Spotted Frog habitat.
One of our flagship restoration projects is the Chaplin Road wetland, completed in 2010 to expand suitable habitat for Oregon Spotted Frogs. Since June 2011, captive-bred Oregon Spotted Frogs have been released into the site. Oregon Spotted Frogs are now breeding on site, and it seems that some of the local frogs from upstream have made it their home as well. The population is growing: we trap annually to monitor survival, and catch a few juveniles and adults each year!
At existing Oregon Spotted Frog sites such as Morris Valley, invasive species removal sessions are conducted every year in the Fall. In October 2014 and 2015, volunteers cleaned eight areas that include important channels for frog and water movement, and we saw frogs breeding in those restored habitats in Spring 2016. Good work frog heroes!
We also conduct research and monitor to learn how to restore habitat for Oregon Spotted Frog. We work with private landowners to improve habitat conditions on their land, and with Regional Parks to restore wetland habitat in public parks. We’re learning how to restore the marsh habitats that Oregon Spotted Frogs and many other wetland species need to survive, and we are always happy to share what we have learned. Contact us directly for more information.
Click the links below to learn more about specific projects.