Finding my first breeding group of western toads in the Oregon Cascade Mountain Range is one of my all-time best moments. I had been hunting for toads for hours along a lake shoreline and was about ready to give up. Then, I realized I had been hearing a soft noise coming from out in the deeper water. I went closer and there were scores of breeding toads clustered in a very small area in some submerged shrubs. I later realized that I was incredibly lucky to have found the “needle in that haystack” that day!