Critter Count

Which came first -- the frog or the egg mass? Ever wonder what a toad egg looks like? How cute is a newt? Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles right here in Clark County and assist with field surveys at Critter Count, an annual springtime field exploration for people of all ages.

Starting at the Water Resources Education Center, guest field guides and biologists transport participants into the fascinating world of herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians, or as they’re known by scientists in the field, herps -- through slides, stories and identification tips. This one-hour introduction concludes with a brief instruction into proper surveying techniques. Volunteers then team up with an experienced field biologist and carpool to one of four water bodies to count critters. After a snack or quick lunch, participants may spend the next three hours engrossed in their search for herps.

Herps, like most wildlife, have been impacted by loss of habitat. The Critter Count effort is an important step in the continual monitoring of general population trends of these important creatures. The survey information obtained by our volunteers is entered into a statewide Internet database, Nature Mapping, maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.

Each year, the date and details are posted here in the spring. We hope you’ll plan to join us! Please bring boots, warm clothes and appropriate jacket, a lunch and binoculars, if you have them. Snacks, drinks and other equipment will be provided.