Visitors and residents heading to Whistler’s Lost Lake Park will notice some big changes over the next few weeks as tens of thousands of tiny Western “toadlets” have now begun their great migration from the shores of Lost Lake into the surrounding forest.
Western Toads are a species of special concern and can be very sensitive to changes in their environment. To help protect this species during its most vulnerable life stage, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) may close portions of Lost Lake Park for the duration of the migration.
Visitors and residents are encouraged to walk into Lost Lake Park to view the migration and learn about Western Toads from on-site naturalists. Please step carefully and walk bicycles as the “toadlets” are no bigger than the size of a dime and can be easily crushed under foot.
At this time, the park access road, Lost Lake beach and beach lawn will remain open for as long as possible but may be subject to closure if high volumes of toadlets begin passing through. For full details visit whistler.ca/toads.
The RMOW operates a biomonitoring program focusing on indicator species, meaning species which can be studied to provide insight on the greater health of the ecosystem. Lost Lake’s Western Toad population has been monitored as part of this study for the past 12 years. Nine years ago the RMOW began installing permanent and temporary measures at Lost Lake Park to help protect this population. Protection measures are largely focused on tadpole and toadlet life stages where the population is most vulnerable.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.