Get to know your frogs

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THE hum­ble green tree frog is a loved or loathed ad­di­tion to the ve­ran­das of many Queens­land homes but just how much do you know about the pop­u­la­tion of frogs that call the Bund­aberg re­gion home?

With about 40 species of frogs found across the re­gion the coun­cil has part­nered with Queens­land Frog So­ci­ety to de­liver a frog iden­ti­fi­ca­tion work­shop in Bald­win Swamp En­vi­ron­men­tal Park which will raise funds for frog con­ser­va­tion.

Cr Danny Rowle­son said coun­cil was pleased to sup­port such an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.

“Frogs rep­re­sent a vi­tal part of the eco-sys­tem both as preda­tor, by keep­ing in­sect num­bers down, and prey, be­ing the main source of food for many birds and snakes,” Cr Rowle­son said.

A num­ber of the coun­cil’s parks and nat­u­ral ar­eas pro­vide habi­tat for var­i­ous frog species how­ever it’s im­por­tant to raise aware­ness among res­i­dents about how we can make them more wel­come in our back­yards as de­vel­op­ment en­croaches fur­ther on their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

“This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to spend time in one of our re­gion’s nat­u­ral ar­eas and learn more about our na­tive wildlife,” he said.

Queens­land Frog So­ci­ety Bund­aberg area co-or­di­na­tor David Flack said the work­shop would in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion and bar­be­cue din­ner fol­lowed by a night-time ex­plo­ration of Bald­win Swamp, search­ing for frog species to iden­tify.

“Frog ex­perts will be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions and as­sist with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of frogs,” Mr Flack said.

“We are also us­ing this event to launch the new ‘Frogs of Bund­aberg and Fraser Coast’ poster in sup­port of Na­tional Frog Week,” he said.

Mr Flack said with one third of the world’s frog pop­u­la­tion at risk of be­com­ing ex­tinct, he was pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing their plight.

“Largely their de­cline is as a re­sult of habi­tat de­struc­tion, pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change.

“At the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion work­shop res­i­dents can help to re­verse this ef­fect by mak­ing their back­yards more frog-friendly,” he said.

To pur­chase tick­ets for the work­shop, be­ing held from 3.30pm this Satur­day, phone David Flack on 0407 73 2132 or email lito­ria.chlo­ris82@gmail.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FROG WEEK: The red-eyed tree frog (lito­ria chlo­ris) is one of about 40 species found across the re­gion.

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