Toad traffic regulators save thousands of amphibians in Latvia

In mid-April, a toad rescue campaign 'Mission Toad. Save a prince' was launched in Latvia. Over 60 volunteers have been involved, and 1,200 different amphibians rescued, Latvian Radio reported April 26.

The toad migration began in mid-April. In three places in Kurzeme – near the Vaide pond in Slītere National Park, in Liepāja near Tosmare Lake, and in Rudbārži near Bāliņi lake, special fences have been installed for toad safety. The most intensive traffic has been observed in Rudbārži.

“It's a huge job to go and carry toads every night, check the containers [safety traps] in the mornings and evenings, sometimes during the day and night. It is pleasing that volunteers have shown concern, even if there are many other concerns in the world to worry about and contribute to, but amphibians have also been paid attention. News of rescue work is coming from all over Latvia," said Nature Conservation Agency's representative Baiba Ralle said.

In the first year of the campaign, 13 sites of toad migration were identified but more than 30 locations have already been registered this year, with reports continuing to arrive, and people are increasingly learning about the importance of the campaign, said Ralle.

The migration of amphibians continues in Latvia, so the overall results will be known after the end of the campaign.

 

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