What’s With The Frog Thing?
|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 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.
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