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

In response to indications of worldwide declines in amphibian populations, Interior Department agencies were directed 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 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