Exciting News for World Frog Day on March 20: Things are Coming Together for the Wetlands

Amphibian Web, Hyla Versicolor, Photo Credit, John White

World Frog Day

Status of Frogs

March 20 is World Frog Day, celebrating these precious creatures. According to Amphibian Web, there are currently 7,698 known species of frogs and toads. While this number has increased by over 60% since 1985, a staggering 40% of these species are now globally threatened, as reported by Nature in 2004 (Fig.) in 2023. All of their population decline is related to human population explosion and consumerism.

Fun Fact: Brazil boasts the highest number of frog species, with a total count of 1,175 species, or 13.49% of the global share according to World Rainforests. Way to go, Thompson Marinho!

National Today, World Frog Day, Photo Credit, Unknown.

Origin of World Frog Day

SAVE THE FROGS! founder, Dr. Kerry Kriger, established Save The Frogs Day in 2009. Although the date has varied over the years, it is now set for April 28 annually. World Frog Day emerged in 2014, with no specific attribution, but its purpose aligns closely with Save The Frogs Day – to raise awareness and promote conservation. As far as I’m concerned, like Christmas, Frogs need to be celebrated every day.

Dr. Kriger is also very democratic, and has made his own contributions to World Frog Day. For example, you can watch him here on a special program in 2023, In Defense of Animals, (in particular, frogs). He has his own listing on the events site; besides the program itself, here.

Things to do for World Frog Day

Here are some suggestions, slightly modified, from Amphibian Ark to celebrate World Frog Day.

Amphibian Ark Photo Credit © Rhododendrites

  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Clean up garbage from local rivers, forests and wetlands.
  • Create a new wetland in your backyard – even a small pond.
  • Maintain your yard without pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers.
  • Use less water
  • Accomplish all of the above by opting for native plants everywhere!

Protecting New York’s Frogs

New York Almanac Wood Frog. Photo Credit, Holly Faulkner

This article in the New York Almanac from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was sent by a good friend (Thank you Jim Falvo). The DEC recommends observing World Frog Day by volunteering for amphibian migration nights, purchasing habitat and access stamp, and learning more atFrogs and Toads of NYS – Conservationist Centerfold (PDF)

All New York State native amphibians are protected by law, and cannot be harmed or collected.

Seneca Park Zoo is actively involved in saving endangered or threatened frog species, such as the Panamanian Golden Frog.

Educational Activities for Kids

RiiRoo provides fun and educational ideas for teaching children about World Frog Day. From frog-themed crafts and games to learning about frog communication and building mini-habitats, there are plenty of engaging activities to inspire a love for nature and conservation. The authors recommend the same actions as Amphibian Ark above, while adding the idea of supporting conservation initiatives, reminding us that these aren’t just for scientists.

RiiRoo concludes: “Encouraging curiosity, empathy, and respect for nature in our children can help ensure a greener, frog-friendlier world for future generations.”

You can be sure that we will be doing many of these activities for our Sixteenth Annual Save The Frogs Day on April 28 at 50 Mitchell Road!

Wetlands Restoration

Tom Biegbighauser. More about him below.* Photo Credits, Unknown.

Frogs and other life forms (including humans) are entirely dependent on riparian wetlands.

Wetlands play a vital role in supporting frog populations by providing essential breeding habitats, food resources, water availability, migration corridors, habitat connectivity, and ecosystem services. Conservation efforts aimed at preserving and restoring riparian wetlands are therefore crucial for the long-term survival of frog species worldwide.

Tom teaches that when building a wetland, it’s crucial to identify and disable expensive high maintenance historic drainage features for success. Tom, through methodical research spanning centuries and hands-on experience with seniors in wetland draining, can identify over 50 signs indicating past wetland topography. His inexpensive techniques for restoration of more than 10,000 wetlands have proven highly successful, improving habitats for even rare species.

This is why A Frog House is so excited about the upcoming visit from Tom. Please join us live or by zoom on April 18 and depending on registration numbers, his informative wetlands walk. Please register here:

Save the dates

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Let’s make a real difference this year by taking action to protect our wetlands for amphibian and other native wildlife. Thanks to a generous donation from a former Pittsford resident, almost a quarter of Tom’s visit has been covered. Your contribution will help create a greener, frog-friendlier world for future generations.