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Credits, counter-clockwise from top: Amphibian tunnel/Tom Langton, Western pond turtle/Chris Brown, Racer/Gary Nafis, CA tiger salamander/Jerry Dodrill. (Public domain) New USGS Study Paves a Path Forward for Amphibians, Reptiles, and Roadways

By: Brehme, CS; Hathaway, SA; Fisher, RN; May 18, 2018

In a new study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists ranked more than 160 species and sub-species of reptiles and amphibians in terms of their vulnerability to vehicle strikes and habitat fragmentation from roadways. Their results are published in the journal Landscape Ecology.

Although most of the public associates vehicle strikes with mammals, reptiles and amphibians can also (...more)
[I]Indirana spp[/I] at field site in northern Western Ghats ARMI scientist involved in workshop in Hyderabad, India: Long term Wildlife Monitoring, Ecological and Statistical Considerations.

By: Muths E; March 07, 2018

The Amphibian Research and Monitoring Program has a reputation for taking wildlife monitoring to new levels using robust methods that allow synthetic data analyses across landscape scales. Because of this reputation, ARMI scientist Dr. Erin Muths was invited to lecture and mentor at a workshop in Hyderabad, India in November 2018. The workshop was titled Long term Wildlife Monitoring: Ecological a(...more)
A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers

By: Mosher B; Gerber B; Bailey L; September 20, 2017

The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome sound, telling listeners that the seasons are changing and summer is coming. Today, however, ponds that once echoed with the chirps, chuckles and calls of frogs and toads are falling silent around the world.

This loss is worrying. Amphibians are the environment's canaries in the coal mine. Their declines provide early war(...more)

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ARMI Mission Statement

In response to indications of worldwide declines in amphibian populations, the President and Congress directed Interior Department agencies to initiate a national program of amphibian monitoring, research, and conservation. There is an urgent need to determine the scope and severity of the problem and to investigate causes. The U.S. Geological Survey is uniquely qualified to coordinate and lead a cooperative national effort because its scientists have been in the forefront of studying amphibian populations and life history traits, measuring and monitoring environmental characteristics, and conducting research into potential causes of decline. As a result, the Agency formed the National Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).

ARMI Goals and Objectives

  • » Relate Status and trends of amphibians to management options at the scale of management units.
  • » Identify causes of declines.
  • » Provide essential scientific information to support effective management actions to arrest or reverse declines.

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