Frogs and toads need you......the environment needs
Frogs--What can I do to help?
Since 1995, increasing numbers of amphibians,
but especially frogs and toads, have been found with a number of strange
deformities. Students in Minnesota discovered large numbers of deformed
frogs in a pond and the national media highlighted this environmental phenomen.
This issue is now high on the research agenda of scientists. However, this
problem is no longer Minnesota-based, as deformities have been reported
from across the US, as well as parts of Canada and even Japan. This international
phenomenon is intriguing scientists and is a wonderful example of how students
through environmental stewardship can bring an issue like this to the notice
of the scientific community and the general public. The photo here shows
some students involved in the Thousand Friends of Frogs Project
examining a deformed frog.
The causes of this are not yet known, and
scientists need more information on where these deformed frogs are
being found. In addition, knowing where healthy frogs and toads
exist is also helpful to scientists as they can then concentrate
their research in certain geographic locations.
Check out the Science
Corner of the web site for further information on this strange
Amphibians have certain activities--they jump,
breathe, swim and live in a special environment--and so do people--they
jump, breathe, swim and live in a special environment. See, we are alike
in many ways!! So, let's try to do some activities that help our amphibians
- Participate in the DNR's
- 'Adopt' a wetland area or other habitats that
frogs and other amphibians use. First, get the landowner's permission
to adopt the land. Care for the area by cleaning it of any trash and
record the changes in this are over time in a journal.
- Visit some of the web
sites listed in the Frog Resources area and learn more about frogs
from all around the world.
- Borrow some frog-related books from you local
library. Check out the list in the Frog