The toad migration of 2017 is done. Now it’s time to take stock. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Toad counters of Chilliwack needed ASAP by Fraser Valley Conservancy

It’s time to take stock. It’s a laborious job counting toads in the tunnel so they need some help

The toadlet migration in Ryder Lake is done for 2017, so it’s time to take stock, according to the Fraser Valley Conservancy.

“We have thousands of pictures from our toad tunnel at Ryder Lake that need to be screened for tiny little toadlets,” said Sofi Hindmarch, FVC project biologist.

The camera snaps a shot every minute in the toad tunnel when the toadlets are migrating. Each frame has data.

“Counting the number of toadlets using the tunnel is the missing piece in our puzzle for trying to understand how successful the fencing and tunnel is in helping toadlets safely access their overwintering habitat,” she said.

Volunteers with some extra time and a key eye for details is what it takes.

“We need volunteers that are committed to spending some time counting the toadlets as we have about 20,000 photos and this is a very important component of our project.

Volunteers get gratefully acknowledged in FVC reports and presentations.

“It is a simple task and you never know what might show up on the camera,” she said.

But they need to get the numbers as soon as possible. Call Sofi Hindmarch at the FVC office 604-625-0066.


 

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