Frog parasite presentation hosted at Scout Island

Public invited to Williams Lake presentation on frog deformities

Folks are invited to a Williams Lake presentation about increasing occurrences of a parasite that results in missing limbs and other deformities that disable young frogs

Folks are invited to a Williams Lake presentation about increasing occurrences of a parasite that results in missing limbs and other deformities that disable young frogs

The next host in the life cycle of a parasite that’s spreading into Canada is resulting in missing limbs and other deformities in frogs and other amphibians.

These extra or twisted limbs and skin webbing deformities disable young frogs so they are not adept at escaping predators such as birds.

Folks are invited to come out and hear about the biology of this phenomenon, and how it threatens the survival of amphibian populations.

A free presentation will be held in Williams Lake at the Scout Island Nature House on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Williams Lake Field Naturalists.

Scout Island Nature Centre co-ordinator Jenny Noble says 100 Mile House residents frequently travel northward for its speakers and film events, and encourages more to give it a whirl.

The upcoming presentation about frog parasites will feature guest speaker Corey Roberts-Reynolds, a Master’s student in Environmental Studies at Thompson Rivers University.

Noble says over the past two years, the focus of Roberts-Reynolds’ work has been studying the Pacific Tree Frog and the Spotted Frog at Isobel Lake near Kamloops.

His newly-published paper describes the first time this parasite has been found in Canadian amphibians and, more importantly, the first time it has caused high levels of deformities north of the border.

Roberts-Reynolds says the problem hasn’t yet been confirmed in the Cariboo, but notes that nobody has looked for it.

“I plan on making a thorough search this summer. This parasite is distributed in bird feces, and many bird migration routes pass through the Cariboo, so it would be strange if it wasn’t there.”

Scout Island Nature Centre is located on the west end of Williams Lake at 1305 A Borland Rd. off South Mackenzie Avenue. It is a nature sanctuary and park area comprising two islands connected to the mainland by a vehicle causeway.

The Nature House is just to the right at the end of the causeway, and is closed to the public except for nature programs such as this, which offer a chance to visit this unique facility.

There is generally a family event the last Saturday of each month, or you can book a program for your class or community group by calling 1-250-398-8532 or e-mailing

Visit the website at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Searchers rescue 17-year-old snowboarder near Spanish Lake

Friends and family reported him missing Saturday when he didn’t return to parking lot.

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

Jethro Rolland, 8, and Guinevere Rolland, 6, test out the ice at the new outdoor rink in 100 Mile House. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).
Outdoor ice rinks popular Cariboo pastime

The skaters are out this winter across the South Cariboo.

A power outage Thursday night left nearly 3,000 homes in Clinton and the 70 Mile areas in the dark. (Katie McCullough photo).
Updated: Clinton, 70 Mile left in the dark after vehicle crashes into transmission pole

BC Hydro still working to restore power to 330 homes in 70 Mile House

Justin Kripps of Summerland and his team have competed in Olympic action and World Cup competitions in bobsleigh. (Jason Ransom-Canadian Olympic Comittee).
QUIZ: Are you ready for some winter sports?

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of recreation opportunities in the winter months

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Most Read