UT Austin's Biodiversity Center supported the development of the Creek Monster Habitat by Texas Appl;ied Arts students and faculty by allowing Texas Applied Arts students to collect materials for nest construction, or invasive plants, from the Brackenridge Field Laboratory.
While it might be easy to assume we don’t have toads on campus, the Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps) is one species that does live here. Waller Creek is a one place to see them, in addition to planters where they hide, or on sidewalks at twilight to consume the insects that are attracted to streetlights.
The ecosystems that freshwater fish depend on are begin degraded at a massive scale globally. Dr. Gary Garrett of UT's Ichthyology Collection has found that nearly half of all native Texan fish are threatened.