- September 9, 2016
Amphibians, such as frogs and salamanders, are nature’s eco-indicators–they are susceptible to environmental hazards and cannot survive in highly polluted or disturbed conditions. This means their presence–or their absence–can reveal the environmental health of a natural area. Management practices, like conscientious mowing, retaining fall leaves, or eliminating pesticide use can help protect amphibians. Creating habitat on your property is another great way to support amphibians. You can install shelter, such as cover boards, dead logs, or rock piles, which provide refuge from predators and extreme temperatures. Or, if you have the space, creating a pond or vernal pool will encourage reproduction and bring in a seasonal symphony of nightly frog calls. Indicate your support for amphibians and hop into action.
Amphibians are important ecosystem indicators, create healthy habitat for them.
Goals Articles Are Special
This article is a part of our Planning for Habitat series. Habitat Network encourages you to set goals for each site you map so you can work towards outcomes that matter to you. Each goal has an introductory article, that links you to actions you might be able to take on your site to work towards meeting your goals.
Actions to Support Amphibians
These are the current actions that are tied to this goal. Whether or not you have “completed” an action is tied to the data collected via your site map. Each Habitat Map has its own goals and actions. To learn more about any action, or about how to change data on your map related to this action, click the link.
- Leaf litter left on-sight
- Pond, stream, or other water area
- Wetland area
- Provide rock piles
- Add dead Logs
- Use of a reel mower
- cover board
- No use of herbicides and pesticides
How to Set Goals for Your Sites
Ready to set goals for your habitat map? Visit the Map page, open the site explorer, and select the map you’d like to set goals for.