Book SectionsTable of Contents
The Problem Puddle Power Frog-Friendly Backyard Why are we concerned about amphibians?
Wetlands - function/type Wetland issues
How to help amphibians
Community Green Plans
This guide first outlines the issues which motivated the staff of Metro Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Horticultural Association, the Canadian Wildlife Service and scientists across Canada to focus on wetland conservation and the decline of amphibian populations. This publication includes information that will help to protect existing wetlands and improve habitats for species other than fish and birds, the traditional beneficiaries of wetland projects. If you simply want to know how to put in a pond, read the section on frog-friendly backyards. A discussion follows on the ecological basis for wetland restoration and a realistic expectation of the wild life that you may attract to a "frog-friendly" backyard.
The success of your wetland project depends on the extent to which you understand the relationship of your wetland to hydrological functions, bioregional constraints and the ecological context of your wetland habitat.
(Hydrological functions refers to the collection and release of water; bioregional constraints are the biological and geographical boundaries of your region; and ecological context is the relationship of your wetland to larger ecological processes.)
In addition to protecting and restoring wetlands, it is important that we increase our knowledge about the distribution and abundance of amphibians across Canada. We encourage you to take part in the Canadian Wildlife Service's Amphibian Monitoring Programmes (see Appendix).
Finally, we provide some activities for you and your family to enjoy while contributing to a healthy backyard and neighbourhood.
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