That means that our 2014 volunteer work as WDF&W Amphibian Egg Mass Monitors at the Arboretum has concluded. Thank you Stephanie, for your knowledge, good humor, and leadership!
This year's Woodland Pond counts were far below our findings of 2013 for both Pacific Tree frog and the NW salamander. One thing that was different was that we only counted monthly rather than bi-weekly, so it's possible that we missed some of the action. Also, our May count was next to nothing, with murky water and flooded conditions from the rain and run-off. Worrisome.
We felt hopeful yesterday after our salamander tadpole sightings. In addition, Steph scooped some healthy-looking pond water full of tiny creatures. Good luck little guys...see you next year!