ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Frogs Tell Us about Our World

Updated on November 20, 2015
Peggy Browning profile image

Peggy Browning is a Texas Master Naturalist. She is the author of The View Through My Rose-Colored Bifocals.

Frogs Don't Talk, Do They?

Frogs don't talk, but they still tell us lots of important things about our shared environment.
Frogs don't talk, but they still tell us lots of important things about our shared environment. | Source

When Frogs Talk, Scientists Listen

What Frogs Tell Us...

Have you ever met a talking frog? It's true that frogs and toads communicate with us...not merely through their croaking and calls. They also tell us about their ecosystem which, in turn, tells humans about our own environment.

The welfare of frogs, toads and other amphibians gives us clues to environmental impact of man and his pollution.

  • The life cycle of all amphibians depends on water and wetlands.
  • Frogs, toads, and other amphibians have permeable skin which is vulnerable to pollution and toxicity in their ecosystem.
  • Because of these two traits, ecologists rely on any changes in the amphibian populations as an indicator of changes in the ecosystem.
  • The pollution of our water in lakes, ponds, and rivers is directly observable through the health of the wildlife that inhabits it.

Since 1989, scientists have been alarmed by at significant declines in the populations of some amphibians. The decline was observable in wetlands around the world. In 1995, a group of Minnesota school children studying amphibian habitats observed frog populations with limbs that were malformed and deformed. Their study led to a more intense study of why the frogs were developing with deformities. They found that the frogs were the first sign of a change in the broader ecosystem.

The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.
~ Rachel Carson

Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads are more important than one might think.
Frogs and toads are more important than one might think. | Source

Environmental Science Encourages Citizen Scientists


Master Naturalist programs encourage volunteers to participate in studying and preserving the biodiversity in each state in the United States. I joined the Rolling Plains Master Naturalist group in Texas. To become a certified master naturalist, the Texas program requires that you attend classes that cover rudimentary geology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, botany, and conservation.

Anyone who is interested in conservation and nature is encouraged to participate. My home group, the Rolling Plains Master Naturalists, studied the geographical area of the Rolling Plains.

As citizen scientists we participated in several programs by doing bird counts, tagging monarch butterflies, and celebrating the Great American Backyard Campout. Those were just a few of the activities in which we were active. Being a master naturalist and citizen scientist covers a wide range of interests.

We also participated in the Amphibian Watch. Yes, we listened to frogs talk. And chirp. And croak.

After a good rain, a group of us went to a wetland area and listened to frog and toad calls and identified them. Then our leader sent in a report to the state master naturalist program with all the information we gathered...the time, the place, the numbers, etc.




I

Listen to the Frogs and Watch out for the Alligators in this Video by Joe Furman.

Master Naturalist Programs by State

Currently, Wyoming is the only state that does NOT have a master naturalist program. Some state programs are more developed than others and have several chapters that cover the various regions of the state.

Texas has approximately 40 chapters. Texas, of course, covers a huge area and has seven distinct environmental areas including the Rolling Plains, Coastal Plains, Piney Woods, Cross Timbers, and Llano Estacado.

Virginia has over 20 chapters; North Carolina has two.

All state programs are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Nature and wants to volunteer time and effort to contribute to science and public education regarding our natural world.

Find Your State Here: http://www.ecosystemgardening.com/master-naturalist-programs-by-state.html

© 2015 Peggy Browning

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)