Amphibians need healthy, connected habitats to complete their lifecycles. Habitat loss occurs when the features amphibians need, like forests, ponds, streams, and riparian (streamside) areas, are developed or removed from the landscape. When this occurs bit by bit in a neighbourhood, entire populations of amphibians can be affected and each loss is amplified by the next.
Similarly, habitat fragmentation is the loss of connection between habitat types. As properties are altered without careful stewardship planning, important connections between ponds and forests can be lost, leaving amphibians unable to access the areas they need to survive.
If you are wondering how your property might help connect habitats for species in your neighbourhood consider joining our Nature Stewards program.