Red-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris). Photo Contributed
Red-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris). Photo Contributed Contributed

Workshop being held in support of Frog Week

THE humble green frog is a loved, or loathed, addition to the verandas of many Queensland homes but just how much do you know about the population of frogs that call the Bundaberg region home?

With about 40 species of frogs found across the region, the council has partnered with Queensland Frog Society to deliver a frog identification workshop in Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park which will raise funds for frog conservation.

The council's Environment and Natural Resources portfolio spokesperson Cr Danny Rowleson said the council was pleased to support such an important initiative.

"Frogs represent a vital part of the eco-system both as predator, by keeping insect numbers down, and prey, being the main source of food for many birds and snakes," Cr Rowleson said.

"A number of council's parks and natural areas provide habitat for various frog species however it's important to raise awareness among residents about how we can make them more welcome in our backyards as development encroaches further on their natural habitat.

"This is an excellent opportunity for families to spend time in one of our region's natural areas and learn more about our native wildlife."

Queensland Frog Society Bundaberg area co-ordinator David Flack said the workshop would include a presentation and barbecue dinner followed by a night-time exploration of Baldwin Swamp, searching for frog species to identify.

"Frog experts will be on hand to answer any questions people may have and assist with the identification of frogs," David said.

"We are also using this event to launch the new 'Frogs of Bundaberg and Fraser Coast' poster in support of National Frog Week in the first week of November."

David said with one third of the world's frog population at risk of becoming extinct, he was passionate about promoting their plight.

"Frogs are key environmental indicators, often referred to as the environmental canary in a coal mine.

"Largely their decline is as a result of habitat destruction, pollution and climate change. At the identification workshop I will share ways in which residents can help to reverse this effect by making their backyards more frog-friendly."

To purchase tickets for the workshop, being held from 3.30pm on Saturday, November 7, contact David Flack on 04 0773 2132 or litoria.chloris82@gmail.com by November 5.

Tickets cost $10 per person, $30 per family of $5 for current members of the Qld Frog Society.



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