Western toads must overcome many hurdles during their annual migration from breeding grounds. That’s where toadally awesome volunteers come in

It’s easy to miss them in the woodlands of British Columbia. The size of a thumbnail, energetic, erratic blobs of green and grey, they blend in beautifully with their forest surroundings.

But on the well-travelled biking and hiking paths in the resort community of Whistler, the western toads (Anaxyrus boreas) are very much in evidence. And on their annual migration from the breeding grounds of Lost Lake into the coast mountains, these tiny toads must make some perilous crossings. Not all succeed.

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