18 Jun Fire-bellied toads are calling in the Lower Oder Valley National Park
It is warm and sunny in the region of the Lower Oder Valley National Park – the breeding season of the fire-bellied toad has started. 30 years ago you could walk from one pond to the next and listen to the little musicians calling to convince female toads that they are the best partner for mating and that they have found the best place for their offspring. But can you still hear the toads at every pond today? Ute Thiergärtner from Amphi Consult Germany was in the field to listen to the calls, record which ponds may be populated and to count how many males are calling. The number of calling males can give information about the potential size of the population at this spot. This is the second season of records as part of LIFE-AMPHICON. This years data will supplement and validate collected data from the last season.
Video: Ute Thiergärtner