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Nature Outing - Toad Walk - A Species at Risk

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Alice Lake Provincial Park

Highway 99

Squamish, BC V0N

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Western toad migrations are often a mass exodus of dime-sized toadlets hopping across trails. Life is challenging as they avoid predation and being squished by unsuspecting hikers and mountain bikes. Western toads are listed Federally as a "Species of Special Concern" as they are sensitive to habitat loss, pollution, invasive species and climate change. The chytrid fungus can be especially devastating if introduced into an aquatic ecosystem. Join us for a 6km roundtrip hike to Edith Lake and back at Alice Lake Provincial Park. This is part of a citizen science initiative lead by a Quest University student to monitor these toads as they metamorphose in the lake and then begin their exodus into the forest. Meet in the parking lot next to the Stump Lake entrance at 9:00 am.

To participate on monitoring we recommend downloading the iNaturalst App (https://www.inaturalist.org/) and adding the Toadally project. Observations can also be made my taking pictures and submitting to leo.roxs@gmail.com.

Family friendly but keep in mind the walk is 6 km and we will be moving at a moderate pace to get to Edith Lake. Pets must be on a leash at all times within Alice Lake Provincial Park and are not recommended where the toads are spawning or migrating.

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