A healthy-looking Bronze frog, Rana (Lithobates) clamitans in Monroe, Louisiana’s Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Wildopeneye is celebrating some encouraging news for frogs. Amphibians have been compared to the ‘canaries in the coal mine’, as indicators of danger to the rest of us.

  1. The first bit of good news is that the US Congress is going to continue funding for the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). This is the organization that monitors air and water quality amongst other things, so that is good for amphibians with their permeable skins that make them vulnerable to toxic contaminants. It’s good news for us humans too. Clean water is fundamental to a  healthy life. 
  2. The second bit of good news is a recent report, published on the Independent online, Frogs are fighting back against deadly fungus responsible for ‘amphibian extinction crisis’ that says populations of frogs in parts of central America appear to be exhibiting resistance to the deadly Chytrid fungus that has contributed to the deaths of frogs and amphibians worldwide and may have caused the extinction of at least 100 species, some populations seem to be recovering including some thought to have become extinct. View the original article from Science magazine here.

This makes encouraging reading when considers the threats that amphibians face today, they are one of the groups of animals thought to be worst impacted by unsustainable development. Frogs, toads, newts and salamander populations worldwide are suffering from habitat loss, pollution, climate stress and pathogenic agencies such as fungal diseases and protoctist induced organ failure. Click this link to see articles on the decline in Amphibian populations worldwide on Science Daily.