With colorful speckles, beautiful olive eyes, and a call that sounds like a baby bird, Dixie Valley toads are a unique emblem of Nevada’s biodiversity. One of the smallest North American toad species, they also have a small range: a single hot-spring-fed wetland in the mostly dry Great Basin. Now a geothermal energy company wants to build a power plant that could dry up this desert oasis and wipe out these tiny residents.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can save Dixie Valley toads, but it needs to hear from you.
In a landmark win by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Service recently protected the toads under the Endangered Species Act — but only on a temporary, emergency basis. While the agency considers full, permanent protection, it’s taking public comments to help guide the decision.
Tell the Service to finalize permanent protection that could stop the power plant and save these little amphibians.