This is the only long-term pond breeding amphibian monitoring project in the Park. In addition to sparking curiosity and, in the case of frogs, offering nightly serenades, amphibians are integral to ecosystem health. Both predator and prey, amphibians eat tiny insects and macroinvertebrates, converting their mass into their own bodies, which moves up the ecosystem as thy are eaten by raccoons, birds, otters, and others. These populations face risk from feral hogs (they roll around the wetlands, destroying eggs and tadpoles), ranavirus, chytrid fungus, and climate change (drought). Because of these threats, this is a top priority project, as we can monitor their populations and inform conservation decisions based on the data.