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Frogs and toads need you......the environment needs you....

Malformed 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 phenomenon.

Amphibian Activities

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 friends!!

  1. Participate in the DNR's frog survey
  2. '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.
  3. Visit some of the web sites listed in the Frog Resources area and learn more about frogs from all around the world.
  4. Borrow some frog-related books from you local library. Check out the list in the Frog Resources






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