|June 1, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under conservation||
I fondly look back at a few road trips with my family as a child. Driving across Canada or the USA was a common holiday. Nowadays, it isn’t quite so green or affordable. Sometimes we visited friends but other times we camped or stayed in a motel. We always looked for the place that had […]
|April 22, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under conservation|
Today is earth day, something I have mixed feelings about. There are many wonderful things about raising awareness and joining activities that build community. The same goes for various other days of the year that involve various social and medical causes. every day should be earth day! Our planet and resources are finite. Clean air, […]
|January 4, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under conservation|
The year 2010 has finally arrived. A warm welcome to all my readers. This year I took some time to reflect over the holiday’s. My focus this year is on consumption and simple green changes. Ones that are easy to implement with a dramatic impact on the environment. By reducing our footprint on the planet […]
|December 8, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under conservation||
There are a few things I stay away from on simply stephen and they include political and corporate discussions. I don’t think of myself as an antagonist or activist. I try to be a catalyst for change but not change in the global machine, rather change in our daily activities and commitments. With almost 7 […]
|October 15, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under conservation|
Today, October 15, 2009 is Blog Action Day 2009 and the topic is Climate Change, something I have yet to speak about. I don’t generally write about the scientific side of environmental issues but rather everyday solutions and living with a lighter footprint. That is not going to change today. Climate Change is something that […]
|September 29, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under conservation||
This will be a short post to make a request and indicate a special post that will be delivered on October 15, 2009. I don’t normally focus or participate in many events but climate change is a major concern. If it isn’t, it should be. I am not a doomsayer but it is threatening all […]
|March 8, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under conservation|
A few of you might have noticed a frog theme on the simply stephen blog. Perhaps you asked, “What’s with the frog thing?” or simply thought nothing of it. It was a deliberate choice to include frogs in the theme. The frog is a special animal and one that is dear to me. I’ll explain […]
A few of you might have noticed a frog theme on the simply stephen blog. Perhaps you asked, “What’s with the frog thing?” or simply thought nothing of it. It was a deliberate choice to include frogs in the theme. The frog is a special animal and one that is dear to me. I’ll explain why.
As a child, I spent summers at a cottage on Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron one of Canada’s Great Lakes. Wildlife was plentiful, clean water, beautiful weather, swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, summer barbecues, games, reading and a variety of other activities.
But perhaps my favourite activity, was my daily venture down to the the pond. Even at 5 years old, I’d wake up before dawn had broken and get my clothes on, waiting for the first break of day to crack the horizon, because as soon as it did, I was allowed to go outside and explore what the new day had brought us. Even the rain didn’t stop me. I’d put my life jacket on and venture into the water’s edge to look amongst the reeds and rocks for two little eyes popping up just above the water’s surface or sitting on a rock, maybe even a lily pad waiting for me to visit. I had my net and bucket ready, though I preferred to catch those lovable creatures with my hands (and I still do to this day). By breakfast I’d have a bucket full of frogs, all shapes and sizes. Green Frogs, Leopard Frogs, Wood Frogs and my favourite the king daddy of all frogs, the Bull Frog! I’d keep em til lunch time and then let em go, where they anxiously waited for me to catch them the next day. That is perhaps my fondest childhood memory.
The last few decades has not been kind to the frogs. Drainage, dredging, landfill and habitat destruction has jeopardized breeding grounds. Frogs have been used for bait for fishing, not just in Ontario and Canada, but globally. Roads and boats have taken their toll. Other changes in the environment, pollution and introduction of predatory species has decreased populations. But other factors play a huge role – UV rays, pesticides, fungi, viral infections, disease, parasites and global warming are just a few other possible reasons. Frogs aren’t the only critter affected, all amphibians and many other reptiles, fish and mammals have been affected.
The frog is an amphibian, it leads a life on land and water. It’s an early warning sign creature, like a canary in a coalmine, that there are signs of environmental damage. All amphibians are sensitive to change, they don’t adapt quickly like some creatures. It takes a lot of sensitivity to increase and protect populations. Frogs like birds control insect populations and provide food for other species.
So what can we do to help these creatures. Think about what it means to be green and why. Start caring for the land we live on. Protect the forests and swamps. Start composting and recycle. Don’t use chemicals. Share your concerns and spread the word. Protect and conserve. Join a wildlife protection organization such as the World Wildlife Fund or the daddy of all frog protectors Amphibian Ark, a rescue mission to protect and study amphibians globally. Kermit needs you.