What's New A deadly fungus threatens salamanders Great Lakes Echo (5/6) Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans – Bsal for short – is a fungus that eats away the skin of certain salamanders and a type of salamander found in the Great Lakes region – the eastern newt – is
especially at risk.
Shedd volunteers improve Somme Woods for amphibians Chicago Tribune (11/30) Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, which has proved itself a fan of frogs with its big “Amphibians” special exhibit, has been quietly making three forest preserves in Cook County, Ill., better habitats for frogs.
Turtles in trouble Bracebridge Examiner (4/23) In an attempt to develop a protection plan that will ensure the survival of painted turtles, the Canadian Wildlife Fund and other partners initiated the Saving Turtles at Risk Today (START) Muskoka Turtle Project.
Water snake has comeback in Lake Erie Mansfield News Journal (10/6) Two years after the Lake Erie water snake was removed from the federal Endangered Species List, its numbers are robust and holding steady, a researcher said.
COMMENTARY: Snake bites part of work The Toledo Blade (5/6) Kristin Stanford was recently honored with the 2012 Wildlife Diversity Conservation Award by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for her work in restoring the endangered Lake Erie water snake.
General Resources All About Amphibians Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine Whether collecting eggs, or looking under logs for wrigglers and hoppers, it's fun to poke around the pond for frogs, toads and salamanders.
Illinois Natural History Survey Amphibian & Reptile Collection Illinois Natural History Survey The Illinois Natural History Amphibian and Reptile Collection contains approximately 14,844 catalogued specimens, representing 55 families and over 550 species (51% Amphibia, 49% Reptilia), which are all searchable online through their database.
North American Amphibian Monitoring Program U.S. Geological Service (USGS), Biological Resources Division NAAMP is a cooperative effort of the greater amphibian research and conservation community in North America. Its broad goal is to develop a statistically defensible program to monitor the distribution and abundance of amphibians in North America , with applicability at the state, provincial, ecoregional and continental scales.
Frogs and Toads Frogs University of Wisconsin Sea Grant What do you know about frogs?
UW Sea Grant studies how toxins in the environment affect frogs.
Frogwatch Ontario Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), Environment Canada Take part in a community program to protect your local wetland ecosystem.
Frogwatch Québec Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), Environment Canada Take part in a community program to protect your local wetland ecosystem.
Frogwatch USA US Geological Survery (USGS) Take part in a community program to protect your local wetland ecosystem.
Snakes Snakes of Indiana Indiana-Purdue University Provides a complete list of poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes in Indiana, information on conservation, and general snake facts.
Timber Rattlesnake Homepage Milwaukee Public Museum Timber Rattlesnakes were prominent in the lore and history of early Wisconsin and remain one of the few top predators still present in the state. This site details the ongoing decline in their numbers, the causes of decline and their low potential for recovery.