Leaping lizards! It's almost time for Critter Count at the Water Resources Education Center, when you and your kids can help with amphibian and reptile field surveys. Critter Count begins with a brief training session at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 12, at the water center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. Participants will then head out to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes, and lizards. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by adults.
Critter Count is an important step in the continual monitoring of population trends of frogs, lizards, snakes, newts, salamanders, and other delightful creepy-crawlies. The information gathered by volunteers is entered into a statewide database, Nature Mapping, maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.
Wear boots and warm clothes, pack a lunch, and bring binoculars (if you have them). Snacks, drinks, and other equipment will be provided. The Critter Count is over at 1 p.m., but stick around to see even more animals with two live shows by Brad's World Reptiles: one show at 1 p.m. and another at 2:15 p.m. Admission is free. Call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter for more information.