THE EXPERT TEAM
Laurie A. Caple
Laurie A. Caple (shown here busy at work in her studio) has created the artwork for nine nature/science books and has recently been published in several national/ international magazines. She recently completed illustrations for the Wildlife Conservation Society and has artwork on permanent display at New York's Central Park Wildlife Center. She has served as Artist-in-Residence and speaks to hundreds of school children ever year on the topics of art, books and enhancing creativity. She is currently working on the manuscript and illustrations for a children's picture book entitled, "Winter Frog." Laurie lives in northern Wisconsin.
Sehoya Harris
Sehoya is a conservation biologist who has studied frogs as well as coyotes and red wolves. For her frog studies she has spent three years in the rain forests of Ecuador in South America. This experience was part of her work toward a Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota. In 1997, Sehoya represented A Thousand Friends of Frogs at the Third World Congress of Herpetology held in Prague, The Czech Republic. Click here for a summary of her experience at that meeting. During April 1998, Sehoya is in South America finishing here research and has sent us a report on some of her travels for International Frog Month. Click here for her field report from Mexico.

Judy Helgen
Judy is a research scientist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). When she learned of the discovery of deformed frogs by Cindy's students, she thought that thousands of youth could help look after the health of our amphibian friends.

John J. Moriarty
John Moriarty (shown here out frogging, he is holding one in his hand) has extensive expertise in matters herpetological. His experience includes work as a Wildlife Specialist for Hennepin Parks in Minnesota and participation in surveys of frog populations in southwestern and southeastern Minnesota. He is recognized as one of the state's experts in amphibians and reptiles. He is the co-author of Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota and has presented at numerous herpetological conferences. Currently John serves as the Co-Director of the Minnesota Frog and Toad Survey. Stayed tuned for further information on this scientific survey.

Dwight Watson
Dwight C. Watson taught elementary and middle grades for ten years in North and South Carolina. Dwight is presently an assistant professor of education at Hamline University. His present duties include teaching the Introduction to Teaching, Educational Psychology, Elementary Literacy, and Literacy in the Middle and High School courses. His current research interests are cooperative learning, children's literature, and conflict resolution. He currently works with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning as a consultant on reading and writing assessment for the Basic Skills Standards and the Profiles of Learning. He is a big fan of frog literature and has numerous frog books and frog collectibles.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
  1. My sister saw a poison dart frog in Costa Rica. Are they really poisonous? They are really pretty, I saw a picture.

    1. A. Yes, they are posionous. In fact, the native people would touch the tip of their arrows on the frog's skin and use this poison tipped arrow to kill animals for food and for defense.

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