EATONVILLE — Thousands and thousands of tiny Western toads are swarming out of wetland pond and making their way into a Pierce County forest to begin new lives.
“Anywhere from a dozen to four dozen adult toads come out of the forest and into the pond to breed in late March or early April,” said Jessica Moore, conservation program coordinator at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, which maintains the pond and is one of a few Western toad breeding sites in Pierce County.
But one female can lay thousands of eggs. Once they’re fertilized and hatched, there are literally tens of thousands of new lives, Moore said.
The tadpoles eventually metamorphose into tiny toads, or toadlets, and begin their migration onto land.