Wood Frog Occupancy – Kluane
Amphibians worldwide are facing declines and possible extinction. Wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) are the only amphibian in Kluane National Park and Reserve. They are considered an important component of wetlands and are highly valued by Southern Tutchone peoples. Threats to wood frogs in Kluane are primarily the loss of habitat due to climate change and infection by diseases such as chytrid fungus. Ponds and wetlands comprise only 0.2% of the park area and have significantly declined in surface area since the 1950s, likely due to increased evaporation from warming temperatures. Parks Canada is monitoring wood frogs in Kluane to understand whether these threats are impacting populations inside the Park. Site visits are used to determine presence/absence of breeding male wood frogs by listening for mating calls. Surveys are conducted at 17 ponds during May every 1-5 years.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Parks Canada
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