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Cruziohyla craspedopus, the Fringed Leaf Frog. Today on exhibit

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A New Approach to Flatwoods Salamander Conservation

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Our Amphibian Conservation Program was invited to participate in a week long workshop to address the continued decline of flatwoods salamanders (Ambystoma cingulatum and Ambystoma bishopi) in the south east US. Flatwoods salamander populations have reduced by 50%/decade for the last 50 years or so, with a drastic drop (90%) since 2000.

The workshop was offered by USFWS and USGS using Structured Decision Making as the framework to move forward on the complicated task of conserving flatwoods salamanders. 'Structured Decision Making' can be a powerful tool and is defined as: the formal application of common sense for situations too complex for the informal use of common sense (R. Keeney). The first days were spent thoroughly describing the problem we are hoping to address and the main objectives which would remedy the problem. The overall Structured Decision Making framework is pictured below:

The workshop involved many hours in our group discussing the problem, objectives and al…

Bombina orientalis, the Fire Belly Toad. Great performers in our Biomechanics of Frog Feeding class with GA Tech

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Cruziohyla craspedopus, and a new clutch of eggs!

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Baby Ambystoma mexicanum, the axolotl ... growing fast and almost ready for release into the high elevation house

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Eggs from critically endangered Agalychnis lemur, the Lemur Leaf Frog from Panama

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Fringed Leaf Frog, Cruziohyla craspedopus. Today in the frogLAB

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Cruziohyla craspedopus, Fringed Leaf Frog

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