Pond Produces Toads Galore
Herpatologist Tim Shields discovers a softball-sized mound of juvenile western toads, called “metamorphs,” near a pond at the Haines airport early this month. Shields hopes upcoming improvements at the airport can spare the pond. Toad populations in Southeast declined in the 1980s and 1990s. For the story, see this week\'s online edition of the Chilkat Valley News. Tom Morphet photo.