Burgundy: Take part in the participatory survey on the midwife Alyte, a remarkable little toad from every point of view

Your answers are expected until June 30th.

Since March 15 and until June 30, the Natural History Society of Autun-Burgundy Fauna Observatory (SHNA-OFAB) invites you to participate in a survey on the midwife Alyte.
Why a participatory survey for the general public?
We are carrying out the investigation and encourage everyone to participate in order to better understand the distribution of the Midwife Alyte in Burgundy and to follow the evolution of the populations of this protected species.
If the midwife Alyte is present in a large part of Burgundy, it remains rare in certain areas such as the plain of Saône or the Loire Valley whose flooding nature does not suit the species, or even Puisaye. Furthermore, there has been a marked decline in populations for several decades, like many other species of amphibians closely linked to the wetlands in which they breed, which are undergoing severe alterations and are rapidly disappearing. Also, the introduction of fish in these environments is an important cause of its regression.

Knowing precisely the sites that host it will allow us to ensure that they are maintained.

Where is he hiding and how to recognize him?
This remarkable little toad of 4 to 5 cm very often lives in contact with humans, in villages and hamlets, sometimes in the middle of town! He likes dry and stony ground: low walls, ruins, rocky areas, scree, as long as there is a humid environment nearby: a source, a pond, a washhouse for example, in which the male can drop off as desired. tadpoles to develop there. Indeed, it is he who takes care of the eggs for several weeks, wrapped in the form of a cord around his hind legs. Discreet, we hear it more often than we see it! Generally without knowing that it is a toad that emits this characteristic fluty song – “tu-tu” – (listen here) that we would rather attribute to an insect or a bird! If you are lucky enough to see him, look him in the eye, you will be able to admire his gold-colored eye and notice his vertical and diamond-shaped pupil.

How to participate in the survey?
It is very simple ! Visit the website www.shna-ofab.fr or directly on this link.
Identify yourself or create an account if you don’t have one. All you have to do is enter your observations of Alyte obstetrician. Be precise.
To help validate your data, add photos, videos, or audio recordings.
Did you hear and/or see a Midwife Alyte last March or April, or maybe even years past? There is always time to seize this observation. Specify the date as much as possible when you enter on our site. Every observation counts!
Find out more about Alyte accoucheur
To find out more about this survey and the Midwife Alytes: the survey page and the species sheet.

The Natural History Society of Autun-Burgundy Fauna Observatory (SHNA-OFAB)

The Natural History Society of Autun (SHNA), an association recognized as being of public utility and approved for environmental protection purposes, is a learned society created in 1886. It works for the study and preservation of biodiversity in Burgundy. Its disciplines include zoology, botany, mycology, paleontology and geology. With its Burgundy Wildlife Observatory (OFAB) program, launched more than 20 years ago, the association is particularly interested in wild animal species. The employees, scientists and experts, carry out inventories, population monitoring, studies, publications, awareness-raising and conservation actions, in particular with the help of volunteers. They also manage the regional wildlife database: Bourgogne Base Fauna (BBF).
The purpose of these actions is a better knowledge of species for better consideration of them in policies for the preservation of our environment and its biodiversity.

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