Altering Hydrology in Breeding Ponds to Benefit Imperiled Amphibians During Drought
   Brooke Talley, FWC

Abstract: Ephemeral wetlands are essential breeding habitat for the state-listed gopher frog (Lithobates capito), and Species of Greatest Conservation Need species including the striped newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus), a candidate species for Federal listing, and the ornate chorus frog (Pseudacris ornata). This project builds on a pre-existing project to repatriate the striped newt into Apalachicola National Forest ephemeral wetlands. Pond liners were installed in three striped newt repatriation recipient wetlands to increase the hydroperiod and improve success of repatriation efforts. By comparing wetland hydroperiod and amphibian community composition in paired unlined and lined wetlands, this project will determine the effectiveness of this management tool for the relocation, repatriation, and translocation of imperiled amphibian species expected to be negatively impacted by climate change-induced drought.

Award Matching Funds Total
$19,368.00 $10,429.00 $29,797.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2015 7/1/2016 6/30/2019

Location: Leon