A volunteer led identification and conservation project to help the SARA listed species Western Toad cross from their year round habitat to their breeding grounds in the wetlands of the Columbia River.
Each year Western Toads move downslope from their forest habitat on Mt. Mackenzie and Mt Cartier, to breed in the marshes at the edge of the Columbia River, the adults then return to the forest followed by the toadlets a few months later. Each crossing means traversing Airport Way which can be busy with residential, business and recreational traffic.
Our project is to go at peak travel times (dusk, rainy days) to help move toads off of the road surface, including surveying their sex and location to collect long term data about the health and structure of this important population.