Australia: Say NO to the Cooroy Broiler Farm! The proposed Cooroy Broiler Farm is a corporate-owned factory farm that will hold thousands of chickens and it is going to be built on a ridgeline that will directly impact endangered amphibian populations. Run off from the farm will bleed into streams that will pollute the habitat of the endangered Giant Barred Frog and the threatened Cascade Tree Frog. Become informed and learn how to help here: www.cooroybroilerfarm.com
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On September 14th, over twenty Water Tour attendees joined the Coastal Watershed Council, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to tour the ephemeral ponds at Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Watsonville, CA. These ponds are the home of the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, threatened California red-legged frog, and the threatened California tiger salamander. At this refuge, the RCD and US Fish and Wildlife Service joined together to build two ponds to attract breeding amphibians. These ponds fill in the winter and dry up in summer months just as the natural ponds that the salamanders use for breeding do. Restoration work at the refuge also includes removal of invasive species and construction to ensure proper passage for the amphibians across barriers like the busy road that borders the natural ponds at the slough. This tour was one of Coastal Watershed Council’s monthly Water Tours that highlight proper water management efforts in the Santa Cruz area. For more information on future Water Tours check out coastal-watershed.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazing frog-saver, 14 year old Rachel Hopkins, led the campaign to nominate the Marbled Salamander and the Pine Barrens Tree Frog to become the state amphibian species of North Carolina. On June 19, 2013, the bill (HB830) passed Senate vote and will be signed into law! Great job Rachael and keep up the good work! Are you a student dedicated to amphibian conservation? Learn how to save the frogs in your area here: www.savethefrogs.com/students
A new Crossodactylodes species was found at Pico do Itambe State Park at South Espinhaço Range, Southeastern Brazil, living in an area smaller than one square kilometer, and dependent on a single species of bromeliad. Due to its restrictive habitat and micro-climatic requirements, climate change and bromeliad-collecting are probably a threat, but the effects of climate change on amphibian population in Brazil are poorly understood. Brazilian researches from Instituto Biotrópicos, who hold Save The Frogs Day events each year, will develop a long-term monitoring protocol to evaluate the effects of climate variables on populations of the new mountaintop amphibian species at Pico do Itambe. This project will help evaluate the conservation status of the genus and the new species and will help prioritize conservation priorities for highland ecosystems within the Espinhaço Range. The first year of the project “The effects of climate change on a new mountaintop species from the Espinhaço Range” is supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund and will soon bring great results!
Girl Scout Troop 750 out of Lansing, Kansas decided to educate people about Saving the Frogs for their Animal Service project. They made this poster and handed out educational cards with information on what they can do to help Save the Frogs!
Good job Troop 750 for your dedication to amphibian conservation by helping save the frogs! Want to help spread the word like these frog savers? Learn how here!
Toad-like ‘inner eye’ makes it hard to look away, York researcher says
The Canadian Press December 15, 2011
Late is better than never, right? We’ll be adding the week in frog news to the FrogBlog every week now, thanks to Kristin Womack for taking charge of the compilation.
Frog News compiled by SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Kristin Womack
Sunderland Echo October 24, 2011The Ecologists of Tomorrow Talk Shop
New York Times October 19, 2011
Why Are New World Frogs Where They Are?
GreenAnswers October 19, 2011
Toad toxin and medical marvels
Bennington Banner October 17, 2011
Zoologger: The toad that’s part clone, part love child
New Scientist October 13, 2011
Frogs Of North And Middle America: Part 2
GreenAnswers October 12, 2011
Frogs Of North And Middle America: Part 1
GreenAnswers October 11, 2011
Coquí llanero, tiny frog, should be endangered species, say U.S. officials
Global Post October 11, 2011
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status and Critical Habitat for Coquí Llanero
U.S. Fish and Wildlife October 11, 2011
“I have lived in Scotts Valley since 1967. As a kid I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, forests, and wetlands of my home. Back then you couldn’t walk ten yards across a field without encountering a garter snake or two. There were small ponds and swampy areas all around that were just full of frogs and snakes and stuff. It was a really great place to grow up and through my early curiosity in all things cold-blooded I developed a real appreciation for and interest in snakes and frogs. The reason I am writing now is that for the first time I can remember, when I open my window at night I can not here a single frog…not one…all year.
A new species of limbless amphibian Ichthyophis davidi from the
bordering districts of Goa and Karnataka states of Western Ghats
In a joint effort by the researchers Dr. Gopalakrishna Bhatta of Department of Biology, BASE Educational Services Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru; Dr. K.P. Dinesh and Dr. C. Radhakrishnan of Western Ghats Regional Centre, Calicut; Mr. P. Prashanth of Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Agumbe and Mr. Nirmal U Kulkarni of Mhadei Research Centre, Chorla Ghats have discovered a new species of limbless yellow striped caecilian from the Belgaum district of Karnataka which is part of the Western Ghats of India.
The new species Ichthyophis davidi is one of the largest known yellow striped caecilian from Western Ghats and is named in honor of Dr. David Gower, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, London in recognition of his contributions to Indian caecilian studies. The common name suggested for the species is Chorla Giant striped Ichthyophis.