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Chytrid fungus found in Madagascar frogs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The “megadiverse” frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after discovery of a potentially deadly fungus
Conservationists worldwide mobilize to address emerging threat to more than 500 Malagasy frog species

The amphibian fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused the precipitous decline of frog populations in Central America, Australia, the western United States, Europe and east Africa, has now been detected in Madagascar, according to a new paper released today in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper documents the detection of Bd since 2010 in wild Malagasy amphibians and has spurred conservationists to action in a country that is home to about seven percent of the world’s amphibian species.

“We know how bad this could be, but this time we can still make a difference by preventing the kinds of mass die-offs we’ve seen in other countries,” said Reid Harris, co-author on the paper and director of international disease mitigation for the Amphibians Survival Alliance (ASA). “Together the global conservation community is addressing the emergency at its inception, putting into practice what we’ve learned in the midst of—or even after—extinctions in places like Central America.”

An international team of experts screened more than 4,100 amphibians across Madagascar and confirmed the presence of Bd in five locations across Madagascar. The researchers detected the fungus as early as 2010 in Madagascar’s remote Makay Massif. Now the paper’s authors are working on determining whether the fungus they have detected belongs to the same deadly strain that is threatening to cause the loss of more than 1/3 of the planet’s amphibians.

“Ninety-nine percent of the frogs in Madagascar are only found in Madagascar,” said Falitiana Rabemananjara, coordinator of the Chytrid Emergency Cell in Madagascar and co-author on the paper.

“That means that if the Bd presence in Madagascar is lethal or becomes lethal to frogs, we could lose a significant portion of the world’s amphibian diversity. With an integrative, proactive approach, we are going to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.”

In November of 2014, the ASA provided financial support for ACSAM2 “A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar,” the second meeting in the last decade to bring together local and international conservationists to address threats to Madagascar’s amphibians. This year’s meeting focused on developing a plan for this emerging crisis, which includes:
The development of an emergency response strategy for the amphibians of Madagascar. The identification of the Bd lineage(s) and characterization of its virulence. The establishment of a national protocol and permit to collect dead frogs from the field. Building captive assurance populations of priority species to weather the storm.

“The loss of Malagasy amphibians is not only important for herpetologists and frog researchers,” said Franco Andreone co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group-Madagascar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), organizer of ACSAM2 and co-author on the paper. “It would be a huge loss for the whole world. Everyone has a role to play if this mammoth of a conservation project is going to succeed.”

The ASA is continuing to coordinate funding for the monitoring of Bd in Madagascar and is also supporting the development of disease mitigation tools. The ASA calls on conservation-minded individuals to help in these efforts by visiting amphibians.org.

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Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA)
The Amphibian Survival Alliance is the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation, formed in response to the decline of frogs, salamanders and caecilians worldwide. Without immediate and coordinated action we stand to lose half of some 7,000 species of amphibians in our lifetimes. The ASA draws on cutting-edge research to protect amphibians and key habitats worldwide, in addition to educating and inspiring the global community to become a part of the amphibian conservation movement. www.amphibians.org

A thank you video from me to you

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Please watch this video I recorded in the swamps of Congaree National Park, South Carolina earlier this month. Thank you to all our supporters worldwide who have helped us grow SAVE THE FROGS! into a worldwide movement and made 2014 such a successful year for us. We look forward to sharing many successes with you in 2015!

Save The Frogs in Vanity Fair Magazine

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

SAVE THE FROGS! in Vanity Fair Magazine 

Thanks to James Wolcott for highlighting SAVE THE FROGS! in his November 5th, 2014 column in Vanity Fair:
“For the rest of the year, I’m only donating money to SAVE THE FROGS!, Bat Conservation International, The Turtle Conservancy, and School of American Ballet.”


Rana photo coutesy Pcappetto

Let’s Meet Up for the Frogs!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Are you a frog-lover in the San Francisco/Bay Area? Then you are you are perfect candidate to join the SAVE THE FROGS! Meetup! If you are looking to meet like-minded frog savers, attend some toadally cool events, and save the world, then join our Meetup today!

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NSPCA Intercepts Dying Reptiles and Amphibians Destined for the Pet Trade

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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.

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Jobs working with Amphibians in Colorado and California

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Johnson Laboratory, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
http://www.colorado.edu/ebio/facultysites/pieter/index.htm

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 dana.calhoun@colorado.edu 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.

Say NO to the Cooroy Broiler Farm!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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

Giant Barred Frog, Mixophyes iteratus, Australia, Amphibians of Australia, So No to the Cooroy Broiler Farm, Factory Farming, Chickens, Animal Abuse, Animal Welfare,

Coastal Watershed Council Leads Tour to Amphibian Ponds

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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 tours@coastal-watershed.org.

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North Carolina Amphibian Bill Passed!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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

Rachel Hopkins, North Carolina, Environmental Education, State Amphibian, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Marbled Salamander, Students for Frogs, High School

Climate Change and Brazilian Frogs

Monday, June 17th, 2013

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!

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