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How to take part in nation’s biggest frog count

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How to take part in nation’s biggest frog count


Residents are being urged to help identify frogs in a combined conservation effort

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Sunshine Coast residents are being urged to take part in Australia’s biggest frog count, in an effort to protect them.

Citizen scientists have been asked to help find valuable data, for the conservation of the amphibians.

A white-lipped tree frog. Picture: Shutterstock.

USC Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology Dr Dominique Potvin has encouraged people to dedicate one week to identify frogs in their area, as part of FrogID week that runs until November 21.

“It is one small way to contribute to preserving Australia’s truly unique frog species and preventing extinction in a very real capacity,” she said.

Dr Potvin is an evolutionary and behavioural ecologist, who has conducted studies into frog behaviour and survival.

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An eastern sedge frog.

“Frogs are some of our most threatened wildlife, and Queensland currently has 10 of the top 15 species at risk for extinction,” Dr Potvin said.

“Two actions are the key to saving our frogs: captive breeding programs; and creating refuge areas by protecting crucial habitat for frogs.

“We can’t protect what we don’t know. We need to know where frogs live, and which frogs live where.”

For more information and to join the hunt go to this website.