State Wildlife Grant - T-52-R
Assessment of Amphibian Distributions and Breeding Habitat Characteristics in North Dakota
January 2018 - December 2020
Dr. Matthew T. Smith, North Dakota State University
Amphibian populations have been in global decline for almost three decades, with current estimates suggesting roughly a third of all amphibian species have undergone severe declines or extinctions. The primary objective is to quantify amphibian diversity throughout North Dakota, update amphibian state distributions, and characterize critical breeding habitat characteristics for each amphibian species in ND, expanding upon preliminary work of T-44-R. This study will provide better insights into habitat use and requirements for these amphibians that will help inform management decisions for wetlands, riparian, forest, and prairie habitats (Tables 3, 4, 5, 8; ND SWAP) to ensure amphibian persistence and diversity in the face of current land-use challenges.