with Scott Fitkin
May 2, 2014
In this Highland Wonders presentation, Scott gave an overview of our local amphibian species, including their identifying characteristics, life history and presumed distribution.
“Amphibians are amazing shape-shifting critters,” Fitkin says. “It is fascinating to consider their dual aquatic/terrestrial life history and ability to morph from a gilled, water-breathing larval stage into a walking, air-breathing adult.”
He touched on the crucial role they play in our ecosystems as secondary consumers in the food web, and as indicators of environmental change.
There were also a variety of amphibians on display in tubs of water during the intermission and after the presentation.
Scott’s work as a District Wildlife Biologist (Winthrop) brings him in close proximity to some of the region’s most interesting and unique amphibians. Scott first became interested in amphibians as a child, and that interest has continued into his professional career. Over the years he has conducted amphibian surveys and co-led herpetology field courses for the North Cascades Institute.