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Great Plains toads and Woodhouse's toads collected in the Missouri River floodplain. Missouri Department of Conservation biologists measured and weighed the animals after populations surged this spring.
Jeff Briggler | Missouri Department of Conservation

Frogs and toads need water to breed — and this year, they had a lot of it. 

Months of springtime flooding created near-perfect breeding conditions along the Missouri River, causing a surge in frog and toad populations. For biologists, the population boom has been a rare opportunity to collect information on these animals.

Counting frogs and toads, one croak at a time

Jan 23, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 23, 2013 - The frogs are all right. Across the state of Missouri, frog and toad populations have remained stable for at least six years.

This less-than-startling report is actually very good news, in view of a worldwide decline in frog and toad numbers, with about 500 of the approximately 6,000 known species considered critically endangered.

Endangered hellbender salamander inspires song

Apr 20, 2012
Ozark hellbender
Jeff Briggler | Missouri Department of Conservation | File photo

You may remember our story about the St. Louis Zoo successfully breeding an endangered giant salamander. Now the hellbender is being honored in song:

The St. Louis band FIRE DOG is offering its hellbender song as a free download on Sunday in honor of Earth Day.

In the meantime, here are the lyrics: