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In 2014 Nordens Ark became the newest partner in the mountain chicken project, and hope to assist in the restoration of self-sustaining, viable populations of the mountain chicken through breeding captive individuals and later reintroductions. The Ark itself is located near Smögen in Sweden and is run by a non-profit foundation.   Nordens' have been helping the mountain chicken’s cause since...
I must admit I feel as though I have been remiss; I've been in Montserrat working on the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme for a month now and haven't yet taken the time to tell you about myself, my experiences and my role on the project. This will be the first in a series of several introductions to current members of...
On Friday the 13th September 2013 Dominica hosted the first Annual Mountain Chicken Day.   This event was designed to help create awareness about the plight of the Mountain Chicken Frog (Leptodactylus Fallax) also known in Dominica as the Crapaud. The event was free so that all the public could attend and there were numerous planned activities throughout the day.   The day...
Hello! It’s Rachel here, the new volunteer on the project and I’m here to give you all a quick update on what’s been going on lately. It’s been all change in the mountain chickens’ enclosure over the last few weeks and a lot of new tech has been added. As you might have read in one of the previous blogs,...

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  It’s that time of year again- countless people are setting their new year’s resolutions to start hitting the gym and shed the excess pounds they gained over Christmas. Our mountain chickens on the other hand have a whole other agenda- to gain as much weight as possible! So, don’t be disheartened if your new regime isn’t going to plan-...
One of my earliest memories as a child is that of sitting watching Italian wall lizards basking in the sun at my Grandparents house in northern Italy, how the the sunlight glinted off their scales like little gems and how they would dart for shelter at the slightest sign of a threat.  Looking back on it now those moments...
A collaborative effort to save the mountain chicken frog has been in effect between the islands of Montserrat and Dominica for many years, but our partnership was recently strengthened when Montserratian primary field assistant ‘Blacka’ came to share his fieldwork skills and experience with the team in Dominica. We decided to concentrate our search efforts in places that were previously...
With January comes the start of Chytrid fungus disease monitoring season for the team!  It's a delight really it is! Throughout this period we conduct monthly night surveys at field sites all across Montserrat; catching and swabbing a minimum of 60 treefrogs at each site for signs of the disease, this in-turn gives us a good idea of the...
W I L D D O M I N I Q U E   IUCN SOS 2020A-161 REPORT ON DOMINICA'S MOUNTAIN CHICKEN FROG TEAM'S EXCHANGE TRIP TO MONTSERRAT CONSERVING DOMINICA’S MOUNTAIN CHICKEN AS A FLAGSHIP FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION PREPARED AND PRESENTED BY JEANELLE BRISBANE, WILDLIFE ECOLOGIST Overview From 16-24th May 2022, Ira Pierre and Jeanelle Brisbane of the Dominica Mountain Chicken Frog Project team visited the island...
To celebrate mountain chicken day on the 13th September our partners hosted a myriad of events and activities to engage, excite and educate the general public in everything weird and wonderfully mountain chicken.  They touched on topics from the mountain chickens unusual physiology and behaviours, right through to the challenges they have faced with exposure to deadly amphibian chytrid...