Building roads to save Yosemite toads

Yosemite Toad

Yosemite Toad. Photo by Andrew Kirk

This is one of those “feel-good” stories that we just had to share, especially in a time when our own lives and existence are threatened by the coronavirus.

Life is precious, yet we have not always been good stewards of our environment and the plant and animal life we live with on our planet, but at least in this one instance, we did “good,” saving one of life’s smallest and most delicate amphibians, the Yosemite toad.

Sierra Wave wrote about the Sierra-Nevada yellow-legged frog, Mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite Toad under the Endangered Species Act some 6 years ago in an article titled, Fear of frog habitat. At least in this case, the frogs appear to be winning.

Why are amphibians important?

Amphibians as Bio-indicators

  • Because amphibians absorb water through their skin, they are often the first to suffer the effects of water or environmental pollution.
  • Nearly 1/3 (32%) of amphibians worldwide are threatened
  • Nearly 168 species are believed to have gone extinct
  • 43% of species are in decline
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