In a quiet corner of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, some unassuming ponds are helping to boost the survival rate of a number of amphibians, including B.C. species at-risk.
In the spring of 2019, volunteers from the Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS) helped Metro Vancouver with regular monitoring at the ponds, tracking mating frogs, egg-laying and tadpole development. They found northwestern salamanders, long-toed salamanders, Pacific tree frogs and red-legged frogs, which is one of the B.C. species at risk.
Working with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks natural resource management staff, the PSPS volunteers developed a plan to restore and improve the ponds and surrounding habitat – with the help of a grant from the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program.
During the summer, when the amphibians migrated to the forest, PSPS volunteers removed garbage from the site as well as invasive plants and excess woody debris. Later this fall, they’ll plant native vegetation and deepen the ponds.
The project is an example of the integral role of community in regional parks – and how wildlife, volunteers, park visitors and others can benefit from getting involved in caring for these important places.