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Amphibians of the Okanogan

with Scott Fitkin
May 2, 2014

Scott Fitkin - Amphibians  
In this Highland Wonders presentation, Scott gave an overview of our local amphibian species, including their identifying characteristics, life history and presumed distribution. 

Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
“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.”

Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
At the end of the presentation, Scott brought out a couple of reptiles to share with the group.

Scott Fitkin - Amphibians




Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
He touched on the crucial role they play in our ecosystems as secondary consumers in the food web, and as indicators of environmental change. 

Scott Fitkin - Amphibians



Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
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. 







Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
This event provided information about the natural history, amazing adaptations, and ecological status of our region’s frogs, salamanders and other amphibians. 




Scott Fitkin - Amphibians




Scott Fitkin - Amphibians
Children gathered around to view the snakes up close.