Saving Frogs help save People

Those who grew up in Vancouver decades ago, may remember hearing our native tree frogs sing every evening. We also share pleasant memories of our youth– enjoying sunny days catching and raising tadpoles, watching first hand, nature's amazing transformation. It's a wonderful way to introduce future generations to our environment, become stewards of our living world, and to see how we're all connected to nature's web of life.

Over the past decades, David Wong has been trying to repopulate Vancouver's urban tree frog population with limited success. He continues his efforts with colleagues and educators with young people on raising local frogs for release. On April 28, 2009, David worked with elected leaders to have the City of Vancouver proclaim "Save The Frogs Day", one of the first cities in the world to do so.

Tree frogs and their amphibian cousins, eat up a lot of pests - slugs, mosquitoes, flies… it is said they eat up their own weight of bugs daily. That translates to potentially, hundreds of pounds of pests daily – a natural pest control without the side effects of chemicals.

Much of today's pharmaceuticals are derived from amphibians. Many life enhancing and potentially life saving pharmaceutical products are derived from frogs. In fact, approximately 10% of medical nobel awards are a result of frog research.

Habitat destruction, predatory alien species (e.g. bullfrog), and the indiscriminate use of pesticides, has contributed to the decline of Vancouver's native tree frog population. Frogs and all amphibians on our planet face a grave threat. They are disappearing at an alarming rate. More than half the world's species of amphibians may become extinct within our lifetime as a result of a deadly fungal disease, Chytrid... caused by the activities of people.

Frogs are a wonderful way to connect urban life and young minds back to our environment. There are many garden ponds appearing throughout our city. They are beautiful and our tree frogs love them!

To learn more about the efforts to save our frogs, visit: SAVE THE FROGS ( click link)

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