San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vertebrate Species
Arroyo Toad Monitoring and Management

in progress

Project description

The USGS has been studying known areas occupied by toads since 1998 and investigating new localities. USGS will inspect all known areas occupied by toads to identify threats and stressors and in particular identify initial Management actions for implementation. Additionally disease screening and genetic samples will be collected at all sites where toads are detected for future analysis. USGS will hold a workshop for land managers to train them how to implement appropriate management during the breeding and tadpole presence period.

Project groups


Project Group: Arroyo Toad Monitoring and Management

Project location

County: San Diego

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target species: Arroyo toad

Target vegetation: riparian forest & scrub

Data steward: Chris Brown

Investigator: Robert N. Fisher

Main implementing entity: U.S. Geological Survey

Partner: City of San Diego, Public Utilities Department Watershed and Resource Protection Team; County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation; U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest

Point of contact: Robert N. Fisher

Study lead: Cheryl Brehme; Tritia Matsuda; Chris Brown; Denise Clark

Strategic elements

Budget year: FY15-16; Work plan objectives number: 1.2