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  • A m p h i b i a n f o u n d a t i o n

    Conserving Urban Amphibians
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  • Urban Amphibian Conservation

    The Amphibian Foundation keeps a watchful eye on the amphibian communities in our own backyard.
    We do this through our community science programs and getting people excited about their neighborhood frog and salamanders.

    We also work with area partners to restore habitat, increasing its suitability for amphibians (and humans too!) and re-introducing amphibians back to their historic range.
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The Amphibian Foundation works closely with our community, as well as the amphibian communities populating our urban environment. We believe firmly that the more people are engaged with nature and wildlife, the better off we (and our urban habitats) will be. Aside from working directly with partners and land managers to restore habitat for amphibians, and re-introducing species back out onto the landscape where they were once found, we guide people (of all ages) out into area parks and greenspaces to learn about and witness amphibians. We do this through our annual 'Salamander Stroll' during the Atlanta Science Festival, through our joint Atlanta Urban Ecologists program that we offer with other area nonprofits, to our community science initiative the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (MAAMP) in which we train interested neighbors to monitor the amphibians in their own neighborhoods.

One example of our work is the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) which was once common, but was reduced to only 2 small temporary wetlands in the metro region. We worked with our partners at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur, GA USA to repopulate the species back into the preserve, where they hadn't been seen in 20 years. The preserve was committed to restoring the habitat and removing invasive plant species which altered the habitat to the point where it was no longer suitable for Spotted Salamanders. Once the invasives were removed, we began a repatriation initiative by introducing eggs and late stage larvae to an artificial ephemeral wetland on the preserve. After several years of introductions, Spotted Salamanders are now detected in every life stage, are reproducing on their own, and appear to be in stable condition!

More recently, the Atlanta History Center has been working hard to restore habitat on their property and built a wetland to support amphibians, such as Spotted Salamanders. Last year, we tranlocated 30 of our late-stage Ambystoma maculatum larvae from the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center, and will follow those up with more in the upcoming year. With any luck, we will have a similar response and Spotted Salamanders will recolonize the site. If we are successful, we will have doubled the populations of Spotted Salamanders in the metro Atlanta area.

AF in the Field

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

John Jensen and Cottonmouth -  Ocmulgee

John Jensen and Cottonmouth - Ocmulgee

Agkistrodon piscivorus
Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

Lithobates capito
KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

Ambystoma talpoideum
John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

Ambystoma cingulatum
Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Notophthalmus perstriatus
John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

Ambystoma opacum
Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Hyla gratiosa