Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Program
The northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) has suffered dramatic population declines in many parts of its range in Alberta. Although little studied, the decline in Alberta does not appear to be part of a natural cycle. The species’ reduced area of occupancy and fragmented populations led to its listing as Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act in 1996. The status of northern leopard frogs was re-evaluated in 2003, and confirmed to be Threatened.
Perceived and measured declines in northern leopard frog numbers and populations in Alberta have prompted provincial research and a recovery program to better understand species distributions and to prevent the further decline of the species.
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is a member of the Alberta Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team and is involved in the delivery of several actions outlined in the species’ Recovery Plan. ACA is playing a key role in implementing northern leopard frog stewardship projects; identifying and monitoring northern leopard frog source and reintroduction sites; monitoring disease; inventorying populations; and assessing habitat.
We believe that landholders can play an important role in alleviating habitat threats that impact Alberta’s northern leopard frog. Through the implementation of stewardship activities, landholders can improve habitat for northern leopard frogs and realize economic benefits from improved water quality and increased productivity of their lands.