alexa Climate change could leave Pacific Northwest amphibians high and dry

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Climate change could leave Pacific Northwest amphibians high and dry

A new model for snow-fed mountain wetlands projects that this year's dry conditions could be common by the 2070s, affecting the Cascades frog and other mountain species.Mountain ponds are oases in the otherwise harsh alpine environment. Brilliant green patches amid the rocks and heather, the ponds are breeding grounds for Cascades frogs, toads, newts and several other salamanders, and watering holes for species ranging from shrews to mountain lions. They are also the cafeterias of the alpine for birds, snakes and mammals that feed on the invertebrates and amphibians that breed in high-altitude ponds.

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