FORT LEWIS, WA — Biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Fort Lewis and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will release approximately 500 juvenile frogs into the wild at Dailman Lake on Fort Lewis Monday, Sept. 22 at 11:00 a.m.
The seven-month-old, state-endangered frogs were collected from the wild as fertilized eggs and “head-started” at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park to improve their chances of survival once they are released.
Native to the Puget Lowlands extending from the Canadian border to the Columbia River, the Oregon spotted frog is near extinction due to loss of habitat, non-native predators and disease. It was listed as a Washington-state endangered species in 1997 and is a candidate for federal
listing. The reintroduction of the frog into a portion of its historic range is a pilot program developed by the WDFW and other partner organizations to help prevent the frogs’ extinction.
The project’s start-up coincides with efforts by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which is highlighting 2008 as the Year of the Frog to mark a major conservation effort to address the global amphibian extinction crisis.
For more information Call Marian Snyder, WDFW, at 360-902-2262 or cell: 253-302-2950. Media wishing to cover this event should RSVP to Fort Lewis Public Affairs at (253) 967-0152 or 967- 0147.
Note: The project is a collaborative effort that includes WDFW, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, U.S. Department of Defense/Fort Lewis, Oregon Zoo, Washington State Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Woodland Park Zoo, Port Blakely Tree Farms, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Zoo & Aquarium Alliance, U.S Geological Survey, Mountain View Conservation & Breeding Centre and The Nature Conservancy.