And the Golden Frog festivities have begun…

Two pairs of tungara frogs whipping up foam nests while on display. As long as they have water, these guys will breed anywhere!

Two pairs of tungara frogs whipping up foam nests while on display. As long as they have water, these guys will breed anywhere!

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the PARC volunteers (including me) went to Punta Culebra for Family Day. On exhibit at Punta Culebra for this whole week there are tanks featuring native species of frogs like the Tungara frog (Engystomops pustulosus), which, as it happens, began whipping up foam nests during the exhibit on Sunday. There are also leaflitter toads (Rhinella alata), cane toads (Rhinella marina), red-eyed treefrogs (Agalychnis callidryas) and “las ranas sin pantalones” or hourglass treefrogs (Dendropsophus ebraccatus). Their tanks are beautifully decorated with living plants and rocks, but unfortunately that made it difficult for people to see the nocturnal treefrogs, since they were all hiding, so it was our job to point them out to people. There were also a couple of talks on Sunday about frog conservation – one in English and one in Spanish. The video “Mission Critical: Amphibian Conservation” (which, incidentally, is free on iTunes for a limited time) was also shown, although there was only an English version, unfortunately.

The rest of this week, the festivities will be continuing, with a forum in the city tomorrow, talks at La Rana Dorada pub on Thursday night, activities at Summit Zoo on Friday, and a parade in El Valle on Saturday. We are finally almost finished with the activities for Friday, too! It’s gonna be good!

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