<i>A Thousand Friends of Frogs:</i> Its Origins

Tony P. Murphy

in Amphibian Declines

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780520235922
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929432 | DOI:
A Thousand Friends of Frogs: Its Origins

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In 1995, large numbers of malformed frogs were discovered in Minnesota. Images of frogs with gross abnormalities were broadcast on national news programs and printed in newspapers across the country. In the wake of this discovery, A Thousand Friends of Frogs was born. In 1995, the Minnesota State Legislature provided funding to begin the initiative. A monitoring program known as Minnesota Frog Watch was established to coordinate with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The staff has trained more than 100 volunteers for a statewide anuran call survey that will eventually become a part of the wildlife monitoring programs administered by the MDNR. The mission of A Thousand Friends of Frogs is twofold: to educate citizens about the environment through the issues facing amphibians, and in particular frogs; and to involve the public in local environment issues, including ones that affect amphibians. It seeks to create, disseminate, and then encourage teachers to use an education program that is based on amphibian conservation but also teaches about broader environmental issues.

Keywords: malformed frogs; abnormalities; Minnesota; monitoring; education; amphibians; conservation; teachers

Chapter.  947 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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