Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Slimy Things

Can you recognize the sounds of these 16 species of frogs and toads that live in South Carolina? 

Well...  neither can I... 

But I will!  I promise I will by the time I teach the Reptile/Amphibian Labs in April. 

The Greenville Zoo hosted a training session by Frog Watch USA to train cizizens across the United States to monitor Frogs and Toads. 

These frog happy people will be going out about a half hour after dark twice a week to listen to the sounds and report back to the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums Frogwatch USA) program.  The data we collect will help researchers know how our environment is doing. 

There's nothing like a wet slimy frog to help us know if things are looking up or down regarding the health of our ecosystem. 

It may seem a bit absurd to be so excited about the calls of frogs and toads but to those who care about the health of our environment it is completely understandable.

After all, we're all in this boat together. 

So don't tease me or poke fun of me like members of my family!  I really do like frogs and it is important!!  I want my grandchildren to live in a healthy and safe environment and be able to hear the sounds of frogs and toads when they grow old.

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