We had a successful evening survey for amphibians along our survey route in Ryder Lake last night. We saw 138 amphibians of which 58 were alive! There were especially large numbers of Red-legged frog and Pacific chorus frog subadults (frogs that would have hatched earlier this year) out on the road. We also found several adult Western toads and for the first time since mid-April we saw Northwestern salamanders and Long-toed salamanders. We also found a dead Western red-backed salamander for the first time this year.
The amphibians are making their way back across the road from the breeding pond to overwintering habitat. Keep an eye out for these tiny critters especially on rainy nights!