Each year, between the training activities organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) and the National Parks Agency (OAPN) in the National Environmental Education Center, a seminar on long-term monitoring in the National Parks Network was held. In this edition, the protagonists were amphibians and we presented the work that we have carried out in the Guadarrama Mountain for the past 15 years.
The monitoring program in the Peñalara Massif is a simple one, based fundamentally on the visual estimate of the number of egg layers and larvae in each of the almost 250 bodies of water, which provides valuable information about population trends. In addition, for some species we utilize marking and recapture methods in order to determine absolute abundance.
We also explained the conservation activities that we carried out and lastly, we showed the seminar assistants the Breeding Center. During their visit they were able to learn how the center functions and observe the common midwife toad and salamander specimens that we have kept in captivity.
Each participant presented their experiences on amphibian monitoring programs in other parks, highlighting the European Peaks National Park monitoring program held since 2006, in which we have actively participated in the design of. Other examples are the monitoring programs that have been developed in the Cabañeros, Ordesa y Monte Perdido, Sierra Nevada, Doñana y Aigüestortes parks.
In this seminar we concluded that even though we are doing our part in the different protected spaces of our country, there is still a long way to go to order to achieve proper monitoring of the amphibious wildlife that we have an obligation to protect.
We hope that these conferences have inspired all of the assistants who, in one way or another, have in their hands the opportunity to work towards the continuous monitoring and conservation of amphibians in the national parks.