Headstarting Spadefoot Toads at Long Pasture

Eastern Spadefoot Toad on a fingertip
Eastern Spadefoot Toad

The Eastern Spadefoot Toad was once widespread in coastal parts of Massachusetts. But nowadays it’s rarely seen. Long Pasture is working with partners to establish a viable population of spadefoots at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary. 

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

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