April 29th is Save The Frogs Day so I thought I would post a photo of an American Bullfrog. I have a pond nearby and it sounds like there are hundreds in this pond. I listen to them while sitting on my deck after the sun sets.
The Bullfrog in this photo hangs out in a stream that flows from the pond through my property. The stream pools near my driveway so I usually can count on seeing or hearing a Bullfrog in this area.
Save The Frogs Day
Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. On this day we encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life. Only a small proportion of the public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public. Our goal is to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge, and Save The Frogs Day is our best way to make this happen! (Save The Frogs Day)
April is also National Frog Month
Frogs are bioindicators, which means a healthy frog population indicates a healthy ecosystem in general, and vice versa. In recent decades, many frog populations have declined, and extinctions are becoming increasingly common.
Frogs and toads have more than one type of call? Much like with birdsong, each call type has a different function and is accompanied by a certain behavior. Males have one call when they wish to attract a female, and another when they wish to ward off a rival male, for example. Some species of frogs use a distress call when caught by a predator. This loud sound might distract the predator or it might attract a second predator, in which case the frog can escape in the larger animals’ scuffle.