Seldom seen out of water, the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) prefers the safety of the marsh. Historically, Oregon spotted frog populations occurred throughout the Fraser Valley, from South Surrey to Hope. Now it is Canada's most endangered amphibian, with only three breeding populations left in British Columbia, and less than 300 breeding females in total.
The primary cause for the decline has been the loss of wetlands to urban development and agriculture. In recent years, additional threats to the few remaining frogs also include pollution, mining, and invasive species such as bullfrogs.
In this video we follow conservation biologist Monica Pearson as she looks for the precious frog in wetlands of the Fraser Valley.
In Canada, British Columbia is one of only two provinces (the other being Alberta) that does not have an endangered species law. Yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other province in Canada and is also one of the last holdouts for many large mammals that once roamed much of North America. Alarmingly, 1,900 species are on the provincial species at risk list.
Video directed by Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc
Research, Story, and Interview: Isabelle Groc tidelife.ca
Cinematography and Edit: Mike McKinlay mikemckinlay.com
Original Music and Sound Mix: Mark Lazeski
Online Edit and Colour Correction: George Faulkner gbfaulkner.com
Camera Assistant: Steve Breckon
This video was produced with the support of the Wilderness Committee and the Vancouver Foundation