It’s that time of year again…the Amphibians are on the move to their breeding pond and we need help tracking them!
Do you enjoy cold walks on rainy nights? Would you like to learn how to identify the different amphibians who are on the move? If so sign up to be an amphibian road survey volunteer and help us monitor the roads in Ryder Lake!
The Fraser Valley Conservancy is looking for tough volunteers to help with night time amphibian surveys as a component of our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project. The objective of this survey is to determine the effectiveness of our toad tunnel and associated fencing at reducing road mortality. We will be counting live and dead amphibians along a stretch of Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack, BC.
Volunteers must be prepared to walk 6 km in cold, dark and wet conditions while searching for amphibians. Surveys will start after dark and last until the survey is complete, generally 1-3 hours. You will need weather appropriate gear (rain jacket, rain pants, boots or waterproof shoes, gloves).
Unfortunately, surveys cannot be planned in advance as they are completely dependent on rainy weather. If you are interested in volunteering for this project please e-mail Sofi (Sofi@fraservalleyconservancy.ca) and you will be added to a contact list. When it looks like conditions are going to be good (i.e. wet) an e-mail will be sent out requesting volunteers for a specific day and time. Usually this e-mail is sent the day before or sometimes the day of a survey.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail or call (604-625-0066).