Leap Day – Day of the Frog

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Tomorrow is Leap Day or International Day of the Frog. It’s kind of like Christmas for Frogs, but only once every four years. So I hope you’ll be joining me in the celebrations. I’ll be sharing lots of frog-related news with you.

Some of New Zealand’s most endangered species are frogs. NZFrog notes that nearly one third of the world’s amphibians are threatened with extinction and that this is the single largest extinction since the disappearance the dinosaurs. Six out of New Zealand’s seven frog species are endangered (including all 4 native species and 2 introduced species).

Some of the leading causes of frog endangerment and extinctions are habitat loss, over exploitation, introduced species and climate change. And, as you may have guessed from reading this blog, frogs can be a bit shy at times when it comes to forming relationships which doesn’t help the population count either. New Zealand’s Hamilton‘s Frog on Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sounds is one of the rarest frogs in the world, with a population estimate of only about 300.

If you’re in Auckland and you want to celebrate Leap Day you can help fundraising for endangered frogs by heading along to the Zoo where House of Shem and Katchafire are playing.

If your in central Wellington keep an eye out for Metiria and her band of frogs on and around Lambton Quay during the afternoon as they are out holding leap frog competitions, climbing trees, taking pictures here and there, chatting to people about frogs, and having coffee.  I hear there might be similar frog activities in other towns too.

Or you may just like to take up one of NZFrog‘s suggestions to help them with their work to save endangered frogs.

And of course I’m sure other blogs will be writing about Leap Day too. Kiwiblog will be uncovering the story of a frog advocacy group that has been silenced by the Electoral Finance Act, the Standard will discuss how John Key pulls the legs off frogs when no one is looking. I expect No Right Turn to have detailed policy analysis on possible legislative action relating to the Maud Island Frog. Hard News will report on the cultural impact that Archey’s Frogs had by releasing a song of their mating call exclusively to iTunes. Whale Oil will continue to amuse his readers by photoshopping Jeanette’s head onto a frog (guffaw).

Photo Credit for Archey’s Frog: NZFrog

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Published in Environment & Resource Management by frog on Thu, February 28th, 2008   

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