Headstarting Spadefoot Toads at Long Pasture

Eastern spadefoot toad on a finger tip

The eastern spadefoot toad was once widespread in coastal parts of Massachusetts. But nowadays it’s rarely seen—partly because it’s secretive, and partly because its habitat is shrinking.

Long Pasture sanctuary director Ian Ives is working with partners to establish a viable population of spadefoots at Ashumet Holly, where evidence for the toad’s presence was found as recently as the 1990s.

The eastern spadefoot toad can grow to a length of 3 inches, and varies in color from yellow to brown. Massachusetts is at the northern end of its range; it occurs as far south as Florida, and as far west as Missouri. Read More

Ian Ives and his colleagues, including Tom Biebighauser of Wetland Restoration and Training LLC,  Bryan Windmiller, Director of Conservation Programs  at Zoo New England, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Wildlife Program and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife have restored over 20 new breeding pools in fields as well as woodland and formerly cultivated land across the state. Read More

Educating our youth is perhaps the most important goal of this project.  Through the program, young people can realize a sense of empowerment as they take part in real–life conservation projects in their own “back yards”.  Long Pasture offers schools two ways to engage in this project. Read More

Here are some ways that you can learn more and help preserve the spadefoot for generations to come. Read More