This film is part of a series of nine Wilderness Committee-produced films on BC's Species at Risk.
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.
Video directed by Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc
Research, Story, and Interview: Isabelle Groc
Cinematography and Edit: Mike McKinlay
Original Music and Sound Mix: Mark Lazeski
Online Edit and Colour Correction: George Faulkner
Camera Assistant: Steve Breckon
This project would not have been possible without the support of the Vancouver Foundation.