2010 Annual Report
The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) and natural wetland sites in the Virginia and North Carolina portion of the mid-Atlantic study were a mixed lot of dried depressions, partially filled depressions, Delmarva Bays, and several that will not hold water except for very wet periods but dry quickly. It was possible to obtain amphibian data from only 5 of the 16 wetlands sampled in Virginia and North Carolina. One was an agricultural depression, one was a restored site, and 3 were natural sites. Because dry depressions afford no data on the amphibian community, the effective sample size for this study will be less than the 48 we had hoped to study. The 5 sites in Maryland studied in late May ranged from shallow depressions in plowed fields to a Delmarva Bay protected by The Nature Conservancy. The natural and restored sites yielded the most species. Some of the southern sites are not directly comparable to other wetland depressions on the Delmarva. These sites may work out adequately for the plant and physical science components of this study but they appear to have limited value for the amphibian portion of the study. It appears that the restored wetlands are the best sites for amphibians with the natural sites following closely behind in value. A more complete evaluation awaits the completion of the remaining sites.
The project is monitored via planning meetings and site selection visits.