Tamerin Jardine- What were you doing on Sunday? Save The Frogs Day, April 29th 2011

Why We Must SAVE THE FROGS?

 

When we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1980, and this is NOT normal: amphibians naturally go extinct at a rate of only about one species every 250 years!!! Amphibian populations are faced with an onslaught of environmental problems, including pollutioninfectious diseaseshabitat lossinvasive speciesclimate change, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. Unless we act quickly, amphibian species will continue to disappear, resulting in horrible consequences to the planet’s ecosystems and to us humans.

 

Why are frogs important?

v Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae

v Frogs eat large quantities of insects.

v Frogs also serve as an important food source to a diverse array of predators, including dragonflies, fish, snakes, birds, beetles, centipedes and even monkeys.

 

FROGS are special because they also called INDICATOR SPECIES?

My name is Freddie the frog, and I am something humans call an indicator species. It means that I’m very sensitive to things that surround me. If there are any changes in my environment, like pollution or global warming, I am one of the first to be affected by it. These changes could make me sick, or even kill me! They could wipe out my friends and relatives, too. It’s nice to be good at something besides catching flies, but being an indicator species can also be a very dangerous job.

 

We make good indicator species because we live in two environments, land and water, and have thin skin that we sometimes breathe through. Our thin skin can also absorb toxic chemicals, radiation, and diseases. If there are lots of frogs and other amphibians in a habitat, it means the ecosystem is healthy. If my buddies and I begin to disappear, it means our homes have become polluted or diseased and we have moved on to greener pastures.

 

Who has a pond at home or a river close to their house?

Its important for us to encourage our parents, sisters and brother and ourselves to keep our gardens clean and the water. So that we can have frogs in our gardens and be lucky enough to fall asleep listening to the sound of frogs ribbeting J

 

This was the just of my presentation, I got some of the information on line. I went to Waterstone College I spoke to all the grade 1′s, 2′s and 3′s. It was a fantastic morning of educating our youth to try and protect our amphibians as it is becoming desperate to make this day one of great importance.

 

Green Hugs and Kisses

Tamerin Jardine

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3 Responses to “Tamerin Jardine- What were you doing on Sunday? Save The Frogs Day, April 29th 2011”

  1. Georgina Cost says:

    This is great Tamerin, Well Done.

  2. Tamerin Jardine says:

    Thank you so much Georgina. I really loved doing this project, it brought back meeting the Bullfrog at Joburg Zoo 2 years ago.

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