SOS: Save Our Salamanders

The most prominent threats to salamanders in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are road mortality, wetland loss and degradation, pool death, introduced species such as American Bullfrogs, and pollution.

As stewards in the Okanagan and Similkameen, you can help save the salamanders by:

1. Keeping non-toxic cover objects, such as wood piles and garden ornaments, throughout your yard.

2. Retaining soft, sandy soil in your yard

3. Allowing other burrowing critters, such as pocket gophers, to burrow and create salamander shelters in your yard
Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship: Save our Salamanders
Don't introduce fish to ponds or water bodies!
4. Using non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides

5. Keeping ponds and water bodies fish-free

6. Reporting Blotched Tiger Salamander, or the introduced predator, American Bullfrog, sightings to Frogwatch, or biologist Sara Ashpole, at sashpole@stlawu.edu

7. Building a pond! Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society can help put you in contact with professionals able to assist in pond-construction.

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship: amphibian escape ramp
Frog Log Escape Ramp
8. Installing critter-friendly ramps, such as Froglogs, in pools and human-made ponds

9. Safely pulling over and helping salamanders cross roads; place the salamander across the road in the direction they are facing.

For more information on what you can do to help in the recovery of local amphibians at risk, contact the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society at okanaganstewardship@gmail.com.