Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2006


Published in Great Plains Research 16:1 (Spring 2006). Copyright © 2006 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Since 1989, biologists and conservationists have become concerned about the worldwide decline of amphibians, especially frogs. What species are declining? Where? Why? What can we do about it? These questions, easy to ask but difficult to answer, are broadly addressed in this thick tome containing the contributions of 215 individuals, many of whom have spent years gathering information pertinent to their discussions. The book is divided into two major parts-"Conservation Essays" and "Species Accounts." In the former are essays on declines, causes, conservation, education, surveys, and monitoring. Each species account of an amphibian known from the United States has sections on historical versus current distribution and abundance, life history, and conservation.