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Media release from the National Council of SPCAs in South Africa:
“NSPCA Inspectors responded to an emergency situation on 29 January when – during a routine inspection at one of OR Tambo International Airports cargo holding facilities – an Inspector discovered that an estimated 1,600 reptiles and amphibians were in need of urgent intervention.
The consignment, bound for the United States of America from Madagascar, was left unattended to in the cargo area when flights to the USA were cancelled. The bad smell coming from the sealed animal crates indicated that many of the reptiles were dead or dying and in need of urgent assistance.
Johnson Laboratory, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Position 1: Laboratory Research Technician
The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified laboratory research technicians to assist in the laboratory at the world recognized University of Colorado located in scenic Boulder beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish and bird species to identify and quantify macro-parasite infections. This will include (i) isolation of macro-parasites for molecular and morphological vouchers (ii) and use of microscopic photography techniques to identify and document in situ and isolated macro-parasites. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily management of the laboratory and to assist with laboratory experiments. Potential applicants should expect long hours at a microscope. Prior experience with animal necropsy, parasite identification, and laboratory experimentation are required. Salary will depend on experience and housing will not be provided, however it is easy to find a summer sublease near campus.
Position 2: California Field Technician
The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified field crew technicians to assist in the field sampling season in beautiful Bay Area California beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform an in-depth field sampling protocol focusing on amphibians, fish and invertebrates within pond systems. This will include (i) macro and micro identification of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and parasites (ii) performing field sampling techniques such as but not limited to: dipnet, seine, visual survey, Bd swabbing, and fishing (iii) and necropsy snail for parasite isolation. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance. Potential applicants should expect long hours in challenging field conditions. Prior field experience with field sampling and snail parasites identification are required. A valid Driver’s license is also required. Lodging will be provided at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (http://www.blueoakranchreserve.org). Camping is required for this position however there is access to an indoor bathroom including a hot shower, a full kitchen, and internet. Salary will depend on experience.
To apply for either Position 1 (Laboratory Research Technician) or Position 2 (California Field Technician) send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states the position you are applying for, previous professional experiences, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory (ii) a current CV (iii) contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number and (iiii) and potential start date.
Please compile the application package into a PDF (one document) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position number in the subject line by March 3rd, 2013. Candidates who do not follow the application requirements or apply after March 3rd will not be considered.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.