What is the United States doing about amphibian deformity and decline issues?

In response to indications of worldwide declines in amphibian populations, the President and Congress directed Interior Department agencies to initiate a national program of amphibian monitoring, research, and conservation. There is an urgent need to determine the scope and severity of the problem and to investigate causes. As a result, the USGS formed the National Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative(ARMI). The main goals and objectives of ARMI are to:

  • Provide information to natural resource managers on the status and trends of amphibians.
  • Relate status and trends to management options at the scale of management units.
  • Identify causes of declines.
  • Provide essential scientific information to support effective management actions to arrest or reverse declines.