Amphibian research, conservation and outreach in Whatcom County
Habitat Restoration and Management: 2019
Each year of the Project we build on our growing knowledge, adding elements we have found to be important, adjusting our plans, and testing new methods. In 2019, OSF tadpoles dispersed to all three pools, but were particularly abundant in Pool C, illustrating the critical importance of well designed aquatic connections that were included in the design of Pool C. Summer rain was also sufficient to maintain aquatic habitat in the pools in 2019, providing more time for more tadpoles to reach metamorphosis. After other parts of Southeast Meadow had dried, we began habitat work, including mowing and removal of reed canary-grass to 1) create a fourth pool (Pool D) on the floating mat, 2) expand seasonal aquatic habitat beyond the floating mat, and 3) better connect each of the pools to egg-laying habitats. We also began an experiment to replace reed canary-grass in seasonally flooded areas with select native species.