Amphibians are being studied at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park because they are good indicators of ecosystem health and are very sensitive to environmental change. Using amphibians as a barometer of ecosystem health helps the park maintain its natural resources.
Like many other places, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical and Southeast Alaska are seeing rapid declines in amphibian populations. Many factors are contributing to dramatic, world-wide declines including chytrid fungus, environmental contaminants, habitat destruction, and climate change.
By studying amphibians we hope to:
- Monitor long-term changes in amphibian distribution, abundance, and reproduction in cooperation with the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative
- Monitor the presence and distribution of chytrid fungus in amphibian populations within Klondike Gold Rush NHP and surrounding areas
- Collaborate with other initiatives and efforts for monitoring amphibians in Southeast Alaska