The Boitatá Institute of Ethnobiology and Wildlife Conservation in partnership with the State University of Santa Cruz - UESC promoted on Sunday (1 May, 2016), in Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil, an open night tour to the public for research and observation of amphibians. The event marked the celebration of the World Day "Save the Frogs" created by the American Foundation and Save the Frogs originally celebrated on every last Saturday of April.


The Save The Frogs Day is the largest movement in the world of education on amphibians and conservation actions and the Boitatá Institute was the time to present the importance of frogs, toads and frogs for the environment and for humans, highlight their role as a pest control and especially that are disappearing from the Earth.


After the lecture, participants were invited to a Night Walk guided by biologist and teacher in ecology Renan Costa, a member of the Institute Boitatá. This walk participants visited lakes and streams, habitats used by many species during the breeding events. The speech associated with nocturnal walk aimed to raise awareness of the reality and difficulty that amphibians is currently going through.


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"I grew up in the backwoods of Louisiana. As a child, my grandmother used to tell me, "you will have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince." I would run around kissing frogs and she would laugh. She passed away many years ago. Frogs remind me of her. Throughout my life, frogs have had a symbolic meaning to me of change, hope, love, and home. Now that I moved back to Louisiana, I have a pond in my back yard so that I can hear the frogs at night. I am saddened by the fact that the tree frog population is dwindling. I am very environmentally conscious and try to keep my yard full of indigenous plants to help the local ecosystem."

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