CFC Volunteer Trips - 06) Amphibian and Fish Surveys at Stump Creek


Project: Amphibian and Fish Surveys at Stump Creek


Date: June 15th-16th, 2024 (10:30 am Saturday - 3:00 pm Sunday)


Location: Just west of Mt. St. Helens 


Trip leader: Amanda Keasberry 


Trip description: Amphibians rely on both aquatic and terrestrial landscapes at various points in their life cycle. Instream restoration projects designed to improve habitat for salmon and steelhead may also have the potential to benefit amphibian populations, but little data is available. To help fill in those knowledge gaps, we are setting out to collect field data to help answer questions about the role that our restoration projects can play in improving the health and resilience of amphibians.


We will visit our aquatic restoration site at Stump Creek, where we have built woody debris structures to create habitat complexity. This addition of wood has created deeper pools, formed new side-channels and wetlands, and slowed water flow, all of which are changes that can make new habitats for frogs and salamanders. We will survey several stream reaches of Stump Creek to see what amphibian species are utilizing the area. Julianna Hoza, a WSU graduate student and amphibian expert, will join us to teach us amphibian identification and survey methods. This will be an enjoyable learning experience for all! 


Task: Searching streams and riparian areas for frogs and salamanders


Trip difficulty:  4 out of 5 ||  This trip entails walking on uneven terrain along creeks and wetlands. Crossing streams will be required for this trip. Volunteers are encouraged to work at a comfortable pace.


What you need: Waterproof hiking boots or rubber boots (we have extra!), warm layers, rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials, and camping gear (detailed list sent via email)


Gear provided: Gloves, amphibian handling gear, data collection equipment


Lodging: Dispersed camping near Stump Creek (no bathroom, no running water)

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Saturday, June 15, 2024 and Sunday, June 16, 2024