Unfortunately, final exams are bearing down on me and I did not get a chance to post on Save the Frogs Day as I had intended. So, here is a recap of Save the Frogs Day from last Saturday (April 27) at the SEEDS-Blacksburg Nature Center. The Save the Frogs Day information table that I set up was part of a Wild World Celebration at the Nature Center encompassing Arbor Day, Earth Day and Save the Frogs Day. I had on display several live specimens of frogs and salamanders from the Blacksburg area, including a bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), a pickerel frog (Lithobates palustris), a red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens) and a dusky salamander (Desmognathus sp.). The spring peepers, pickerel frog, red-spotted newt and bullfrog were especially big hits with visitors because they were more visible.
The table also had an amphibian life cycle diagram and an “Anfibios de Panama” poster, courtesy of Brian Gratwicke. A spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) and two axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) were borrowed from Scales, Tails and Claws. The spotted and marbled salamanders were great hits with the kids, who were allowed to handle them after misting their hands lightly with water. Handknit frogs, hand-dyed yarn and a froggy keychain were raffled off with proceeds to be donated to Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation project (PARC). All in all, Save the Frogs Day was a success here in Blacksburg. Now I am looking forward to Golden Frog Week in Panama this August!