- Title Pages
- Advisory Board
- Twenty-Three Houston Toads and Texas Politics
- Twenty-Four Amphibian Conservation Needs
- Twenty-Five Amphibian Population Cycles and Long-Term Data Sets
- Twenty-Six Landscape Ecology
- Twenty-Seven Conservation of Texas Spring and Cave Salamanders (<i>Eurycea</i>)
- Twenty-Eight Lessons from the Tropics
- Twenty-Nine Taxonomy and Amphibian Declines
- Thirty Conservation Systematics: The <i>Bufo boreas</i> Species Group
- Thirty-One Factors Limiting the Recovery of Boreal Toads (<i>Bufo b. boreas</i>)
- Thirty-Two Southwestern Desert Bufonids
- Thirty-Three Amphibian Ecotoxicology
- Thirty-Four Museum Collections
- Thirty-Five Critical Areas
- Thirty-Six Creating Habitat Reserves for Migratory Salamanders
- Thirty-Seven Population Manipulations
- Thirty-Eight Exotic Species
- Thirty-Nine Protecting Amphibians While Restoring Fish Populations
- Forty Reflections Upon Amphibian Conservation
- EPILOGUE: Factors Implicated in Amphibian Population Declines in the United States
- Literature Cited
- (p.265) Thirty-Seven Population Manipulations
- Amphibian Declines
C. Kenneth Dodd
- University of California Press
In recent years in North America and in other locales, there has been a surge of interest in the status and conservation of amphibian populations. Concern centers on the disappearance or decline of individual populations, species, and even geographic assemblages of amphibians, particularly anurans. Although there is likely no one cause for population declines in many scattered regions or for the deformities reported in midwestern North America, researchers are now feverishly developing monitoring and research programs that can only aid in our understanding of amphibian population dynamics and the importance of amphibians to ecosystem function. Head-starting, relocation, repatriation, and translocation (HS/RRT), often in conjunction with captive breeding, have frequently been suggested as viable options in the conservation of amphibians. This chapter reviews recent projects employing HS/RRT solutions to problems facing imperiled amphibians.
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