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Wendell's Frog Blog
Monday, 18 May 2009
Help the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center
Mood:  special
Topic: Articles

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION

Currently, approximately 1,900 of the world’s frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, pollution, and the devastating amphibian chytrid fungus that has been implicated in over 100 species extinctions since the 70s. Valiant conservation action in protected areas is needed immediately.

Even though the delicate natural balance necessary to maintain healthy amphibian populations has been alarmingly disturbed across the globe, the good news is that large stretches of untouched, protected Costa Rican rainforest remain.  One section in particular, just two hours from San Jose, is a frog, toad, salamander and caecilian hot spot, and boasts over 60 documented amphibian species.  

 

 In the late 1990s, Brian Kubicki, a young Minnesota native, borrowed some money and bought about 200 acres of partially disturbed rainforest right in the middle of this hot spot.  He then set out to create, maintain and preserve a rainforest habitat for the unique and declining species of herpetofauna found in the area – which includes bushmasters, eyelash vipers and wood turtles . . . and of course, lots of unique frogs.

 

His current strategies for amphibian relief seem to be working.  He digs out ponds by hand and plants the species-specific vegetation needed to promote frog reproduction. So far, Brian has established breeding pools for fifteen different species of amphibians, one of which is the lemur leaf frog (Hylomantis lemur). This critically endangered hylid frog has seen a 50% decline throughout its range over the past fifteen years due to habitat loss and disease.

Every year, thousands of dollars destined for high-profile conservation programs are raised at the benefit auction held in conjunction with the National Reptile Breeders’ Expo in Daytona, Florida.  In keeping with tradition, proceeds from this year’s Auction, scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd, will be used to create, landscape, and maintain more amphibian breeding ponds at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center.  The funds will also help carry on in-country efforts to captive breed and release many native amphibian species – including some that are critically endangered.

According to Kubicki, the U.S. founder and director of the Center, efforts there are currently self-funded, mostly through the sale of books. 

However, you can help Brian create and sustain more breeding ponds by donating items for this year’s Daytona Benefit Auction. Please bring auction items to the Expo, or send them to:

Dustin Smith

137 SE 22nd Terrace

Homestead, FL 33033

chondro_13@yahoo.com

Please include your name, address, and the value of the donated items.

Please join us at 6:30pm on 22 August 2009 for the National Reptile Breeders’ Auction.  There will be a silent and live auction with live reptiles, art, books, and many more herp-related items.

Thank you for your support!

Please visit http://www.cramphibian.com for more information about the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center.


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Friday, 8 May 2009
California Tiger Salamander wins in Court
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

Wider tiger salamander protections restored

“It is am important victory because we wanted to make sure the tiger salamander stayed on the list of endangered species, that recovery plans for habitat protection remain and that the process is re-energized,” Galvin said. “Developers tried to take environmental protections away and they failed.”


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New Citizen Science Program to help Alaska Wood Frogs
Mood:  special
Topic: Articles

Biologists find a high rate of deformities in Alaska wood frogs:
The frogs can be found in Southcentral, including Turnagain Arm. Researchers seek citizen assistants in collecting data.

Great new program to help frogs in Alaska, with plans to expand across the country.

It is against the law to touch any wild amphibian in Alaska!


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Save the Frog-Save the World!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

Start a frog watch -- You might save humanity!

A terrific article about frogs and amphibian declines. It is very well written and describes the problems they face quite well. It mentions FrogWatch USA www.frogwatch.org and Save the Frogs! www.savethefrogs.com

I will note that is said FrogWatch USA was created in 2005, that was actually in 1998, but everything else was great!


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Saturday, 14 March 2009
Kentucky Herp Masters Degree
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Articles

NEWS RELEASE
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org
11 March 2009

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES IN HERPETOFAUNAL
AND ICHTHYOFAUNAL DIVERSITY
Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University.

Two full time positions to begin August 2009.

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous
experience with capture and handling of amphibians, turtles, reptiles and/or fish highly
desirable.

Responsibilities: To conduct research on the effects of herbicide-induced Phragmites
australis (Common Reed) management on herpetofaunal (position 1) or ichthyofaunal
(position 2) diversity, while completing a Master's degree in Water Science.

Salary and benefits: $12,000 per year and tuition waiver (two years maximum).

To apply: Email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and email
addresses of at least three references no later than 1 May 2009 to

Dr. Howard Whiteman
Department of Biological Sciences
Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky 42071-0009
 (270) 809-6753
howard.whiteman@ murraystate.edu

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal
education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.


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Is no information better than mis-information?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Articles

Mudpuppy: Not a Dog, But a Salamander?

It is great that there is information out there about amphbians, but this article claims that that the mudpuppy is the only salamander that can produce sounds. I have heard that many CAN, but usually the only one associated with this ability is the siren, also an aquatic salamadner. The first photo they use is of an axyotl, another aquatic salamander, but not the same.


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Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Dr. Lannoo Spoke at Purdue about Malformed Frogs
Mood:  special
Topic: Articles
On March 3, Dr. Michael Lannoo, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, spoke to a crowded Dean’s Auditorium about "Malformed Frogs and the Collapse of Aquatic Ecosystems", also the title of his newest book (released in July 2008). Dr. Lannoo is an expert on amphibian declines and malformations and has been instrumental in the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF) and Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC in the Midwest. His 1998 book, Status and Conservation of Midwestern Amphibians and his 2005 book Amphibian Declines: Conservation Status of United States Species has been key to conserving and understanding amphibians and their plight.

The three reasons for malformations are genetic, epigenetic and trauma, with epigenetic being the main cause. Epigenetic malformations are caused by an outside source causing the genes to change. (ie..parasites, pesticides). Much of Lannoo’s work was a collaboration with parasitologist Dan Sutherland, and their findings show that many of the cases thought to be parasites, after a radiogram (x-ray) did not seem to be possible to have been caused by parasites. Many of the cases assumed to be trauma, after a radiogram, showed curved bones and other signs not possible to have been caused by predation. Bony Triangles (a phrase Lannoo coined) have been found in many frogs with malformations. Many of the malformations found did not exactly fit into any of the dubbed categories. "Distinguishments we make as humans are not always followed by the animals."

50% of the frogs in the US are malformed, while 10% of salamanders are shown to be malformed. He said he believes this is more related to more frogs being studied and that frogs are easier to find and less secretive. Globally, Europe has the most malformations, followed by North America. He said he has been to Antarctica and can assure us there is no amphibian problems there.

Lannoo said he was said to say that Science has failed the public on this issue. The Public came to Science worried that the malformations and declines would become a problem for humans as well, and Science looked for the causes, but not the cure. He mentioned Love Canal to bring this into perspective. His advice is simple, whether the cause is pesticides caused from runoff, or parasites, caused by increased trematodes from eutrification, caused by runoff, runoff is the main problem and they key to fixing this. He called today, "Post Atrazine Mad Max Thunderdome kind of world."

Drought has shown to be beneficial to the malformation problems helping to control the algae blooms that host more parasites. There is also evidence to show some frogs are developing resistance to parasites, pesticides, and even to the chytrid fungus that is such a global amphibian problem.

While much of this issue is "gloom and doom", I left with a feeling of rejuvenated hope that we can still save the frogs, and ourselves along the way.


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Thursday, 5 March 2009
Oregon Spotted Frog plus frog related activities
Mood:  happy
Topic: Articles

There’s more to frogs than ribbit

Facts about the Oregon Spotted Frog plus some cool activities. Check it out.


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Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Boston "Going Green" and Helping Frogs!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

Going Green Could Help Ailing Frog Population

Museum Of Science Launches New Frog Exhibit


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Toad Protector gets Wildlife Conservation Award
Mood:  special
Topic: Articles

Local Forest Service Worker Honored

 

The information below is provided by the US Forest Service:

PUEBLO -- U.S. Forest Service - Pike and San Isabel National Forests - Salida Ranger District employee Mike Wrigley was recognized by fellow biologists with the Laurel Kagan Wiley Award for Excellence and Dedication in Wildlife Conservation. The award was presented in recognition of his professionalism, effectiveness, passion and accomplishments.

Wrigley demonstrated courage and dedication in his commitment to protecting boreal toads and amphibian habitat during Allotment Management Planning for several grazing allotments on the Salida Ranger District.  He took extra effort to use the best available science (conservation plans and published literature) and to reach out to species experts to design a survey, monitoring and mitigation plan to protect boreal toads from the potential adverse impacts of livestock grazing.

According to the award, "Mike's courage, tenacity and persistence under pressure resulted in a carefully-crafted protocol to survey for and protect occupied boreal toad breeding sites from grazing effects.  Mike's work is now considered a template for boreal toad conservation and management coordination in the Rocky Mountain Region."

Wrigley's efforts also led to re-establishment of a survey to monitor potential boreal toad breeding sites. He also developed a handout describing boreal toad biology, habitat, threats and decontamination protocols for public education. 

Wrigley has been with the U.S. Forest Service for 10 years, 7 years on the Salida District.  In addition, he worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 4 years, Quinault Indian Nations for 2 years and as a private consultant for 5 years.


Congratulations Mr. Wrigley and thanks for all your efforts to help amphibians!


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Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Cane Toads make it to West Australia
Mood:  sad
Topic: Articles

Perth scientists step up toad fight

Cane toads establish Kimberley colony


Cane toads arrive in Western Australia

First cane toad to cross from Northern Territory to Western Australia has been caught

Cane toad continues relentless march to WA border

Cane toads reach WA but the fight goes on


And on a nother sad note, my Cane Toad, Morris died. Not sure why, but he never seemed very healthy for a toad, and was always very shy and not a big eater.

 


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Sunday, 1 March 2009
UK Frogs passing on Immunity to Ranavirus
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Articles

Frog’s immune system is key in fight against killer virus

 This could be great news for so many frogs.


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Thursday, 26 February 2009
Good Amphibian signs from Oregon so far
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

It's early, but annual frog count shows promise

Amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds provide important information about the progress of Metro's restoration efforts.


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Russian Frog-Leg Farming
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Articles

Belarusian scientist suggests frog breeding as anti-crisis measure

 


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Is more always better?
Mood:  hungry
Topic: Articles

Frog with seven legs found at Chinese restaurant

Even if I ate froglegs, I think I would pass on this one!


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UK Ode to the Common Toad
Mood:  flirty
Topic: Articles
Toads are really fascinating

Posted by wendellsfrogblog at 10:02 AM EST
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Use Toads as Natural Pesticide
Mood:  happy
Topic: Articles
You can control snails and slugs in your landscape

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Croak and Dagger Downunder
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Articles

Council's secret cane toad abode

I don't see the reason for the secrecey, but think its good that they are giving the FrogWatch Toad-Busters a home.


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Look but Don't Touch
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles

Protect frogs warning  

 

We're being told to protect frogs in the Isle of Man by leaving spawn alone.

That's the message from the Department of Agriculture as the season arrives for spawning.

People are being reminded it's important frogs are allowed to reproduce in their natural sites as only one in 1,000 eggs will grow into an adult frog.

The Department also says if you move pond wildlife around the Island you risk the spread of disease.


A good piece of advice for anywhere!


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Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tyrone Hayes speaks against Atrazine and its effects on Amphibians
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Articles
Scientist speaks out about pesticides

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