Memories from La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

SAVE THE FROGS! supporter Ruth Van Sciver visited La Selva Amazon Ecolodge in Ecuador in 2010. It was her enthusiastic recollection of her experience that inspired us to organize our 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour to La Selva. Here are some memories Ruth was willing to share:

“We stayed at La Selva Jungle Lodge for seven nights in January 2010 and had a wonderful, educational, and entertaining visit. Our nine person group consisted of two families with four boys, ages 6, 8, 9 and 14 plus my 77 year old mother. We all had a GREAT time and can’t wait to go back!

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All photos on this page courtesy Ruth Van Sciver

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How To Catch & Hold A Frog

Assuming you truly need to hold a frog, you should do it in a way that minimizes pain, stress, disease transfer, moisture removal and chemical contamination.

​(1) Do you need to catch and hold the frog? If not, please consider admiring it from afar.

(2) You probably found that frog at the mating pond and you don’t where it’s been or who it’s been amplexing…or who it’s been amplexed by…so use protection whenever possible! Be prepared with a ​​20 x 25 cm plastic bag — that’s a standard sandwich bag with no zip. It will keep you clean and keep the frog clean. It has the added benefit of helping you catch the frog without it slipping through your fingers. It’s way easier to catch a frog with a bag wrapped around your hand then using your bare hands. A large frog will require a larger bag. You may be able to accomplish everything you need to do without handling the frog any further…just inspect it through the plastic.
 
How To Handle A Frog
Photo of Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla) by Nick Gustafson

The Amphibians of the TAMU Soltis Center in Costa Rica

Join an upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour

In July 2017, I joined biologist Víctor Acosta Chaves, M.Sc. and his team for a survey of the amphibians and reptiles of the Texas A&M University’s Soltis Center for Research and Education (Soltis Center). The Center protects low to mid elevation rainforest (~500m above sea level) and connects with one of the largest pieces of protected land in Central America (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, the largest private reserve in Costa Rica). Situated on the Caribbean side of the continental divide east of Monteverde, the reserve receives a lot of rainfall and thus is perfect habitat for many amphibians. Over three days and nights we found at least 22 amphibian species! So as to assist future visitors to the TAMU Soltis Center in identifying the amphibians they encounter, I created this webpage. Enjoy the photos, and if you are fortunate enough to visit the Soltis Center, happy frogging!

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The Texas A&M University’s Soltis Center for Research and Education

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Plight Of The Green And Golden Bell Frog (And Current Conservation Measures)

Presentation by Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker:
Plight of the Green and Golden Bell Frog (and Current Conservation Measures)

On June 7th, 2017 (June 8th Australia time), we will hold another session of the SAVE THE FROGS! Australia New Zealand Video Conference. Amphibian biologist & SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker will give a presentation on the decline of the Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) and the large amount of research, captive breeding, and reintroduction programs conducted for this species by the University of Newcastle’s Conservation Biology Research Group. This free online event will consist of half hour presentation followed by ample time for discussion about all things related to the conservation of amphibians in the South Pacific.

When:
Jun 7, 2017 (USA) Los Angeles time: 5pm-6pm
Jun 8, 2017 (AU/NZ) Sydney time: 10am-11am

Please register for Kaya’s presentation via the Australia/New Zealand conferences signup page, right here.

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Photo of Green & Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) by Dr. Kaya Klop-Toker

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Frogging Santuário do Caraça

About a hundred kilometers east of Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil) is Santuário do Caraça, an 11,233 hectare reserve in the Serra do Espinhaço, the longest mountain range in Brazil. The reserve contains large tracts of Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Rainforest), as well as Cerrado (a drier ecosystem common to inland Brazil south of the Amazon rainforest). In April 2017 I spent three days exploring the reserve. My first night I began my search for frogs at the pond near the main lodging area. It was a cool night and the rainy season had recently ended, so there was only one frog calling. Fortunately I was able to make eye contact with a bright yellow frog (Ololygon luizotavioi) perched high on a leaf.

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A beautiful Ololygon luizotavioi

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