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Citizen Scientist Volunteers Needed to Help Locate Amphibian Crossings in Northern New York


 

Photo: Larry Master, masterimages.org

 

Join the WCS Adirondacks program in WildPaths, a citizen science wildlife-tracking program. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with a salamander and frog watch this spring in the Black River Valley in Northern New York.

 

The public will collect data on frog and salamander movements in several towns in the region.  Volunteers will perform nighttime driving surveys on one or more mile-long stretches of road in the towns of Steuben, Remsen, Boonville, Forestport, Ava, or Western, and report the number, locations, and species of amphibians that they observe during their surveys. The results will inform land use and transportation planning to help maintain and enhance habitat connectivity between the Adirondacks and Tug Hill region.

 

Learn more about frog and salamander identification and life history and get information on how to become a volunteer with WildPaths here.


Sound Impacts on Wildlife

Dr. Sarah Reed, Associate Conservation Scientist, working with the WCS Livelihoods Program, examines how human development patterns and land use practices affect wildlife and biodiversity.  Currently, she's investigating the little understood realm of sound, trying to get a better grasp of the impacts human noises have on natural environments and the wildlife that occupy these habitats. 

Learn more about this work in this video


Climate Strategies Proposed for Spectacular U.S.-Canadian Landscape

In the report entitled Safe Havens, Safe Passages for Vulnerable Fish and Wildlife: Critical Landscapes in the Southern Canadian Rockies British Columbia and Montana, WCS Conservation Scientist John Weaver notes that wildlife will need 'room to roam' to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Complicating those climate-related transitions are major highways and an expansive network of forest roads that have fragmented the Southern Canadian Rockies landscape. “Providing 'safe havens' of secure and diverse habitats and 'safe passages' across the highways are climate-smart strategies,” says Weaver.

To that end, he assessed 16,978 square kilometres (6,632 square miles) of Southern Canadian Rockies land for conservation value based upon the needs of the vulnerable species and the myriad challenges facing each. For example, warmer winter temperatures resulting from climate change will reduce mountain snow cover and suitable habitat for the rare wolverine, a species highly adapted to persistent snow pack. Reduced stream flow and warmer stream temperatures will diminish habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, a native fish adapted well to cold waters, while favoring introduced rainbow trout and hybrids of the two species. 

Read the full press release on the report

Read the full report, click here


 

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