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Conservation Corner: Returning a Lost Species to Waterton Lakes National Park: The Northern Leopard Frog

September 1, 2017

Wildlands Advocate article by Niki Wilson

The call of a northern leopard frog sounds like the opening of a creaky door, followed by what you might hear if you rub two bal- loons together. But to Kimberly Pearson and Barb Johnston, Ecosystem Scientists with Parks Canada in Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP), hearing the male frogs call for the females this spring was the welcome sound of a lost species returning home. This year marks the first time northern leopard frogs have bred in WLNP in decades.

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