do we do it?
The worldwide decline in amphibians is a phenomena that
is poorly understood and may have significant implications
for entire ecosystems. Amphibians have been identified as important
indicators of ecosystem health due to their physiology and diversity
of ecological requirements. The planetary decline in many species
of amphibians has resulted in an increased level of research into
their life histories. Scientists and conservation organizations
all over the world have initiated monitoring projects to document
the status of amphibian populations and to gain insight into why
some species are declining (note the web links
provided on this site). In Southwest Florida very little information
exists on amphibian diversity, distribution, abundance and ecology.
This is unfortunate since this region is experiencing rapid land
development that has led to significant loss of wetland communities
on which amphibians depend. All but two species of amphibians in
Southwest Florida are considered indicators of hydrologic change
because they are dependent on water or wetland habitats for successful
gathered from this project will be used to help understand the
distribution and ecological requirements of frogs in this
In addition, the information will help us understand the
of land conversion, climate change and other potential stressors
on frogs occurring in southwest Florida and to ultimately gauge
health of the regions wetland communities.