Surveillance & Monitoring Working Group

A coordinated surveillance effort is aimed to detect the initial introduction of Bsal in North America, thereby allowing for a more effective rapid response to forestall further transmission, helping to safeguard the native fauna of the continent (Framework Action 4). Management and conservation actions cannot proceed effectively without the fundamental information about when and where Bsal is introduced to North America. While opportunistic Bsal sampling improves the odds of detecting Bsal over not sampling at all (e.g., Muths et al. 2009), this haphazard approach is unlikely to detect Bsal at the onset of its invasion. Instead, the Surveillance & Monitoring Working Group aim is the early detection of Bsal to allow for an effective and rapid response, with the ultimate vision of conserving amphibian biodiversity.

The goal of the Surveillance & Monitoring Group is to facilitate and coordinate the surveillance of Bsal in North America.

Achieving a broad and robust surveillance network is difficult and expensive due to the labor involved. No single organizational entity has been identified that has this capacity. Instead, the emphasis has been on coordinating and encouraging sampling for Bsal by diverse partners such that something closer to a reasonable level of surveillance is achieved. Initial efforts towards this goal are described below. However, due to limitations of initial approaches, current efforts of the Surveillance & Monitoring Working Group are aimed to build an integrated network of partners in surveillance. This will increase Bsal awareness, engage volunteer personnel and citizen scientists, utilize dispersed in-kind resources, and increase the amount Bsal sampling.

Group Lead: Mike Adams