Froggy-Toady Thinking

Back on April 28, in my post on Save the Frogs day, frog-pondI shared how my brother and I made a temporary home for Mr. Toad and, in doing so, what we learned about toads and their habits.  But I don’t advocate regularly removing toads, or other creatures, from their habitats and turning them into house pets.  It’s much better to do what we can to make sure our outside spaces are toad and frog friendly.  After all, they do people a huge favor by helping to keep the insect population in control.

Frogwatch USA, a National Wildlife Federation program that enlists volunteers to monitor frog populations, lists easy steps to make your yard attractive to frogs and toads.

However, thinking beyond our own yards is also vitally important.  Many frogs and toads survive simply because they have access to vernal pools – low lying depressions that fill with water from spring rains and snow melt, then dry up with summer’s heat.  Yet, as explained in the video below, many vernal pools are disappearing due to development or a misunderstanding of their value.

We can minimize our impact on our amphibian friends by remembering how sensitive frogs’ and toads’ permeable skin is to pollutants and chemicals.  We can commit to lessening the use of chemicals and products that harm amphibians directly or their breeding grounds indirectly.  Doing so may be the best way to insure that each year we will be greeted by a Spring Frog Chorus.

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