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Toad People: what does it take to save a species?

Every summer, fingernail-sized juvenile toads undertake a perilous migration from the wetlands where they were born to the forest where they live. Many of the toadlets will never get to the other side of the road. In the community of Chilliwack in the Lower Mainland, local residents became concerned about the toads’ plight and looked for ways to help the species survive in an environment where urban development is taking over.

Across British Columbia similar initiatives exist, with local people taking action to protect species at risk in their backyard.

The idea for the film Toad People was born, and Isabelle has been photographing the efforts of various toad communities across the province, working with videographer Mike McKinlay to make a documentary produced by the Wilderness Committee about these wildlife defenders that we call the Toad People.

Isabelle’s photos have been used to develop a website, social media, and to launch a crowdfunding campaign to engage audiences and support the film. This campaign went well beyond fundraising. It is about building a growing movement of Toad people who want to take action for endangered species. To learn more about the film, watch the trailer.

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