I wondered yesterday why Prince William and his Kate chose April 29 for their wedding. LOL it’s Save the Frogs Day. They chose the date not because it’s St. Catherine’s day, or a Friday, but because there are all those frogs waiting to be kissed.
Unfortunately for frogs it’s not a day of celebration. Did you know that frogs are the most threatened group of animals on the planet, and are rapidly facing extinction?
Nearly one-third of the world’s 6,644 amphibian species are in danger of extinction and up to 200 species have completely disappeared in the last 30 years.
Who cares about frogs, yuk slimy things you say ready to skip this post? Well, if something’s going on with frogs it may be an indication that something’s going on with the environment i.e our environment i.e. the world where WE live…
Why are frogs important?
- Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae.
- As adult frogs eat large quantities of insects they help keep down the numbers of mosquitoes that cause malaria.
- Frogs are an important food source to dragonflies, fish, snakes, birds, beetles, centipedes and even monkeys.
According to the Save the Frogs official website
The primary threats to frogs are habitat destruction; pollution and pesticides; climate change; infectious diseases spread by human activity; over-harvesting for the pet and food trades; and invasive species such as introduced trout, crayfish and non-native amphibians.
Pollution is one of the major causes of their decline. In agricultural areas in the United States, as much as 75% of all streams contain the pesticide atrazine which is deadly to frogs
it can alter the development of sex characteristics in male frogs, increase mortality rates of tadpoles and lead to severe limb deformities and kidney damage.
If exposure to atrazine harms frogs you can be sure it’s harming humans.
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is deciding how to regulate atrazine. “It could lower the maximum ‘limits’ of atrazine or, like the European Union, phase out its use entirely. Or it could do nothing.”
I signed a petition to urge Steve Bradbury, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, to ban the use of atrazine in the United States. Join me.