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Amphibians help Darrington-area tribe monitor nature’s health

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Monitoring the health of frogs and salamanders in a wetland owned by the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe is helping the tribe’s natural resource staff study possible pollution problems and effects of climate change. Each spring, amphibians lay hundreds of egg clusters in a 5-acre swamp near the Sauk River north of Darrington. The tribe has been monitoring egg clusters in the wetland between February and May for the past four years, said Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission spokeswoman Kari Neumeyer.