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Kris­ten Ab­ney, Heather Hub­bard — Cen­tre

Kather­ine Gib­son — Scotts­boro

All Chero­kee County el­e­men­tary li­braries/me­dia cen­ters are now the re­cip­i­ents of a beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated book, The Fright­ened Frog, an En­vi­ron­men­tal Tale, by Brenda Moore and Jean Ohlmann.

The Chero­kee Rose Gar­den Club of Cedar Bluff se­cured six copies of this book to present to the lo­cal schools, be­cause the mem­bers be­lieve in con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources.

From the club’s by-laws, the OB­JEC­TIVE of the lo­cal gar­den club is: “To stim­u­late in­ter­est in gardening, CON­SER­VA­TION, and civic de­vel­op­ment with em­pha­sis on pro­mot­ing better hor­ti­cul­tural prac­tices, ex­cel­lence in de­sign, and con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources.”

This book is part of the two year ef­fort, “Leap into Action”, of the Na­tional Gar­den Clubs to ed­u­cate young peo­ple on the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues af­fect­ing am­phib­ians.

The fol­low­ing me­dia cen­ters re­ceived a copy of the book: Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville, Spring Gar­den, Sand Rock, Cen­tre El­e­men­tary and Cen­tre Mid­dle School.

The pri­mary pur­pose of this book is to il­lus­trate the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact hu­man life has on all crea­tures. Pol­li­na­tors and am­phib­ians are the “ca­naries in the coal mine,” cry­ing out a warn­ing that all is not well when their en­vi­ron­ments are dis­turbed.

Am­phib­ians share a com­mon ne­ces­sity for healthy ac­ces­si­ble wa­ter. Sadly, the am­phib­ian pop­u­la­tion has seen an alarm­ing de­cline in the last 50 years. Pol­lu­tion of fresh wa­ter ecosys­tems, habi­tat loss, silt­ing of streams and Chytrid fun­gus have all been re­spon­si­ble for the de­cline.

Loss of habi­tat has been re­al­ized through agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, log­ging and en­croach­ment of hu­man set­tle­ments.

As the num­ber of am­phib­ians—the bio-in­di­ca­tor species—de­clines, so do the num­bers of healthy ecosys­tems in our world, and as a re­sult, other plant and an­i­mal species de­pen­dent on these ecosys­tems de­cline as well. Func­tions of Am­phib­ians 1. Since their skin is wa­ter per­me­able, they func­tion as bio-in­di­ca­tors.

2. They eat a great many in­sects, in­clud­ing in­sects that de­stroy crops or carry dis­eases.

3. Am­phib­ians them­selves func­tion in the ecosys­tem as a food source for snakes, birds, mon­keys, fish and hu­mans.

4. They have pro­vided a long list of med­i­cal ad­vances. Ma­ganin from the African clawed frog is a nat­u­ral an­tibi­otic and is used to treat di­a­betic foot prob­lems. Der­maseptin from the waxy mon­key frog treats an­tibi­otic re­sis­tant Sta­phy­lo­coc­cus. Caerin is a drug from White’s tree frog that blocks HIV trans- mis­sion. Bradykinin from the fire-bel­lied toad is used to lower blood pres­sure. Epi­ba­ti­dine is a painkilling sub­stance de­vel­oped from poi­son dart frogs that is 200 times more po­tent than mor­phine. Their poi­sons show prom­ise as mus­cle re­lax­ants and stim­u­lants as well as ap­petite sup­pres­sants.

So, how do we help con­serve the am­phib­ian pop­u­la­tion?

1. When us­ing chem­i­cals in the gar­den, be aware of runoff pat­terns. Don’t use more than the rec­om­mended amount on the pack­age.

2. Don’t flush old medicines; they can get into the wa­ter sup­ply.

3. Don’t move am­phib­ians from one place to an­other. Pro­tect them where they are liv­ing.

4. Don’t cap­ture am­phib­ians for pets. They have spe­cific needs for their skin and for their food source. They can be­come stressed and that can lead to dis­ease.

5. Sup­port con­ser­va­tion groups. Tell your friends about the prob­lems of the frog.

6. Stop eat­ing frog legs. They are dis­ap­pear­ing in the wild.

7. Sup­port groups who are do­ing re­search on an an­ti­dote to Chytrid fun­gal in­fec­tions.

You and I have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to care for all we are given. Leap into Action!

The Fright­ened Frog: an En­vi­ron­men­tal Tale, would make a great ad­di­tion to your own child’s li­brary. It can be or­dered online at www.shop­gar­den­club.org, or call 314-776-7574.

The Chero­kee Rose Gar­den Club is a mem­ber of Na­tional Gar­den Clubs, Inc, Deep South Di­vi­sion; Gar­den Club of Alabama, District II, Northeast Alabama Fed­er­a­tion of Gar­den Clubs.

Lo­cal meet­ings are ev­ery third Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Bluff Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. You are in­vited to at­tend.

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