April 29 is Save the Frogs Day

Save The Frogs Day 2011 Poster

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.

Hypsiboas rosenbergi - Gladiator Frog

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.

Ranitomeya minuta
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.

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7 Responses to April 29 is Save the Frogs Day

  1. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Thank you for the valuable information and the links. I signed the petition!

  2. Val says:

    D’you know, I think our garden must be in some sort of anti-bermuda triangle, because this year we had over 150 frogs a-courting in our pond and we currently have twenty or more a day sunning themselves there, and we’ve loads of house sparrows which are so rare in most of the UK that they’ve become a protected species here.

    One thing I’d add to your post is that as well as lessening the destructive things that can kill frogs, making ones immediate environment welcoming to them helps them to survive and thrive. A water feature of some kind – even a tiny one – will encourage them. Not using chemical deterrents like slug or snail killers, and so on.

    I don’t think that people realise that every living thing is dependant in some way on every other living thing, we humans are not the only species on this planet. Thanks for this post, Rosie.

    • dearrosie says:

      Thanks for your comment Val. So glad you mentioned that one can help frogs just by adding a chemical free pond to one’s garden. I’d love to see a photo of your frog pond with all them frogs a courting in the sun.

      I had no idea that house sparrows are so rare in UK now. House sparrows?

  3. Mahalia says:

    Thanks for spreading the word about atrazine! it is an awful pesticide bc it is so very water soluble along with being toxic. I was in a hardware store the other day picking up paint and bits and pieces for our house, and the man helping me literally said (in response to my asking for a non-PVC shower curtain because the off-gassing is known to be toxic), “oh, the government wouldn’t allow it if it wasn’t safe”. Ummm… where’ve you been, dude? Seriously? Did the Volatile Organic Compounds in those paint fumes cook your brain, perhaps?

    I recommend the film or the book “Living Downstream” by Sandra Steingraber to learn more about how our environment effects our health. Atrazine is one of the compounds she focuses on. http://www.livingdownstream.com/trailer/

    Happy save the frogs day!

    • dearrosie says:

      I guess we shouldn’t be so surprised at the “oh, the government wouldn’t allow it if it wasn’t safe” comment re the PVC curtain. After the exposure of DDT many folks assumed the government’s first concern was them, and their *safety*… LOL!

      This isn’t rocket science. If atrazine is a highly toxic water soluble pesticide WHY is the EPA even thinking what to do? STOP using it NOW.

      Val, is atrazine still used in Wales where you live?

      Mahalia thanks for recommending Sandra Steingraber’s book/film.

  4. dearrosie says:

    youtube for Sandra Steingraber

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