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Start Date
September 1, 2020
End Date
August 31, 2023

Project Summary

While the species was once common, it has not been recorded since 2010; consequently, very little is known about the species. To save the treefrog from extinction, Fundación ProAves seeks to implement an innovative project that will commence with comprehensive research to gather necessary biological data about the species, including the abundance of population densities at key sites. This information will be analysed and presented to stakeholders and experts, who will collaborate to develop a conservation action plan for the species, which will be implemented by ProAves. In addition to establishing new protected areas and restoring habitat, ProAves will launch an educational campaign to raise awareness about the treefrog among the community within the species’ range. Through this multi-faceted project, we seek to expand the species’ protected habitat and reverse its population trend from decreasing to increasing, so that its Red List status ultimately can be downgraded from Critically Endangered.


Objectives

Research: Rapid survey techniques for 5 days at 40 different locations across the species range, including nocturnal searches, live pitfall traps and other standard techniques used to search for amphibians.

Practice: Research results will be shared with stakeholders and experts, who will collaborate to develop a conservation action plan for the species, which will be implemented by ProAves.

Outreach: In addition to establishing new protected areas and restoring habitat, ProAves will launch an educational campaign to raise awareness about the Colombian tree frog among the community within the species’ range.


Key Documents



Project location - Colombia, South America

Field Reports

February 2022: Concepción - Guaca - Santa Bárbara Municipalities, Colombia

February 19, 2022

During a 12-day expedition our diligent herpetologists traversed three separate forest locations and covered over 26 kilometres concentrating on areas adjacent to streams, swamps, and springs. After an exhaustive search one adult female of the species Hyloscirtus Bogotensis (Near Threatened category) was discovered and nearby tadpoles were found, which may indicate a reproductive population in this locality. For more photographs visit this flickr photo album and for full details of the expedition read the field report here.

Field Trip Photos. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it and read the captions.


 


Could the Rainbow Trout be responsible for the elusiveness of the Lynch’s Tree Frog?

February 1, 2022

Originally introduced into Colombia for recreational fishing, very little is known about the Rainbow Trout’s impact on fauna in the country. However, elsewhere its predation and competition has proven to be responsible for the decline and disappearance of native amphibians, as well as fish and invertebrates, through the disruption of food webs. Some good news though may be that the high cost of trout feed will be an obstacle for the further development of trout farming in the region!

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January 2022: Charalá, Northeastern Colombia

January 24, 2022

Travelling through dense forests along the Guillermo River our intrepid frog experts carried out three-night and six-day tours in search of the elusive Lynch’s Tree Frog. During the survey they identified 10 species, two of which were Threatened status and three Vulnerable. Enjoy the photographs located in this flickr photo album and for full details of the expedition read the field report here.

Field Trip Photos. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it and read the captions.



December 2021: Bucaramanga, Colombia

December 15, 2021

ProAves, our conservation partner in Colombia, embarked on an 9-day field survey in December 2021 at elevations of up to 4,000 meters in search of Lynch’s tree frog. Along the way they identified six species of frog, as seen in the photo album below. Read the field report here. For full photographic documentation of the amphibian species encountered, see this flickr photo album. The photographs will amaze you.

Fieldtrip Photos. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it and read the captions