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Save The Frogs Day: April 25th, 2015

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Farmers For Frogs

Farmers can help save the frogs by reducing their pesticide use, fencing off the riparian areas, and growing crops or animals that have low impact on the environment.

 

Tips for making your farm more frog-friendly

Your pond

Ponds frogsProvide a shallow area at one end of your pond or water body for tadpoles to warm themselves. A depth of 1-2' will be adequate. Warm, shallow water expedites growth in amphibians, but they still need a deeper area of pool to escape predators. Bank side vegetation is also essential for amphibians. Construct your pond to have have cattails, bull rush (tules), and other native species of plants that partially live in water or that grow well around water. This provides cover for young froglets!
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frog pond farm

The landscape

Biodiversity thrives when there is a variety of habitat types and ecosystems. Forests, ponds and wetlands make for a much more wildlife-friendly farm than just having grassland or a monoculture of crops.

Frog farms

Bullfrogs

If you are in the Western USA, then bullfrogs are an invasive species and they should be removed from the area. They predate on native species and cause great harm to the environment. Be careful not to remove native species!

bullfrog

Do your ponds have water at the right time of year?

Native amphibians in Northern California breed during the months of November to early March. Breeding is often triggered by the heavy winter rains experienced in the Central Valley. Therefore it is critical to have ponds be full during this time. Tadpoles will generally metamorphose from April to July. Having ponds full in the winter also encourages migratory birds to visit your property.

Leah Klehn frog art

Pesticides

Avoid using pesticides as the chemicals will be absorbed into the skin of amphibians and will hurt both adult amphibians and developing tadpoles. Plus the chemicals are bad for humans! Construct bat boxes because species like the Mexican Free-tailed Bat eat seven times their own body weight in insects every night - making them an excellent form of pest control. Learn about the International Day of Pesticide Action.

Atrazine

Fence off the riparian area

The riparian area is the land adjacent to the wetlands. It is usually moist and highly vegetated. Frogs like this area, and the vegetation helps control erosion that could clog up the stream or pond. By fencing off this area and keeping livestock out, you will be reducing trampling and erosion.

Strabomantis

Say no to mosquitofish

Avoid stocking your ponds with mosquito fish (Gambusia). These fish eat the eggs of amphibians and reduce amphibian populations. Encourage dragonflies, may flies, and other insects as these are natural predators of mosquitoes and their larvae.

Provide upland habitat

Provide upland habitat which does not flood in the winter. Many pond breeding species retreat to burrows created by rodents during the dry months to escape the summer heat. During the winter and after breeding, they will seek shelter in these burrows. Forested areas are especially helpful.

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