The creation of Eagle Marsh has allowed populations of both leopard frogs and cricket frogs to thrive. Both these species have been subjected to habitat loss and exposure to agricultural chemicals, which has dwindled their populations. The northern leopard frog is a species of concern, while the cricket frog has experienced population loss across the Midwest.
Amphibians as a whole are threatened across the globe, facing habitat loss due to wetland drainages, pollutants in their aquatic environment, and disease. Salamander chytrid is the most pressing of fungal diseases for American salamanders, prompting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preventing the import or inter-state transport of 201 different species of salamander, including native species for the first time ever. This rule hopes to prevent the introduction of salamander chytrid into American populations.
But conditions of Fort Wayne have given a hope for a local population boost for all amphibians. Eagle Marsh provides a protected habitat where amphibians can survive and reproduce in a stable wetland. Read the full news article here: http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/Restoring-wetlands-has-helped-some-local-amphibian-populations
If you are interested in helping monitor these local frog populations, FrogWatch USA is holding volunteer training sessions at the Fort Wayne Zoo. See this link for more information: http://kidszoo.org/event/frogwatch-usa-free-opportunity/2016-02-20/
Earth Day 2014
Little River Wetlands Project (LRWP) will once again host Earth Day at Eagle Marsh. Events include educational stations, conservation presentations, table displays from local conservation and environmental groups, a farmer’s market, and more. Come join the fun Sunday April 27!
Fort Wayne: Bird Town
While at Eagle Marsh keep an eye out for avian wildlife. Fort Wayne was recently recognized as a Bird Town by the Indiana Audubon Society (full story here). The status is conferred on those communities focused on conservation of birds and their habitat. Eagle Marsh provides ecological features for a variety of bird species, including imperiled species.
Save Maumee Canoe Trip
Save Maumee, a Fort Wayne-based river conservation organization, is leading an exciting canoeing adventure. From April 18th-26th paddlers will traverse two states and approximately 140 miles of the Maumee River, starting in Fort Wayne and ending near Toledo, OH. In addition to enjoying the ride, paddlers will raise awareness about river health in the Maumee. More paddlers are welcome! More info here.