The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, and wildlife must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.  The toad in this photo is a breeder toad at the Red Buttes breeding facility in Wyoming.  Breeder toads are bred each year to produce the tadpoles that are released into the wild or, as with the research that the University of Wyoming is doing, the "head-start" releases. There are other breeding facilities too.


The Wyoming Toad Recovery Team


 In September 1987, a recovery group was formed consisting of representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), University of Wyoming (UW), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This group coordinated protection, research, and recovery efforts related to the Wyoming Toad. In 2001, this informal group was replaced by the Wyoming Toad Recovery Team, which was officially appointed by the USFWS. This team is composed of representatives from WGFD, UW, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Laramie Rivers Conservation District (LRCD), Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD), private landowners and ranchers, the USFWS Wyoming Field Office (WFO) (Ecological Service), the National Fish Hatchery System (Saratoga National Fish Hatchery and Ennis National Fish Hatchery), and the Arapaho NWR complex. This team identifies and recommends to the Service priority research projects and studies to facilitate recovery of the Wyoming toad.