Bermuda Audubon Society contributed financially to the Bermuda Amphibian Project (1995-present) and research for the project was conducted in several of our nature reserve ponds, including Seymour's Pond, Somerset Long Bay East and West and David's Pond at Paget Marsh.

The project was initiated in 1995 by Dr. Jamie Bacon in response to local concerns that the populations of Bermuda's amphibians were declining. Prior to 1994, three species of amphibians, introduced in the late 1880s were known to inhabit Bermuda: the cane toad Bufo marinus, and two species of whistling frog Eleutherodactylus gossei and E. johnstonei. The last siting of E. gossei was in 1994 and it appears to have become locally extinct.

The project discovered that Bermuda's amphibians face a variety of threats including exposure to a number of environmental contaminants. Research revealed alarmingly high incidence of deformities in Bermuda's toad populations, and that other wildlife species including the endemic killifish and native diamondback terrapins were also being affected.

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