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Ask the Frog Staff: Making your backyard 'amphibian friendly'

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I have been receiving more frequent questions about making one's backyard more amphibian friendly ... that is great! I thought I would post some ideas here.

There are many compelling reasons to make your backyard 'amphibian friendly' ... one, is that natural ecotones provide refugia, or safe places for amphibians and are even easier to maintain than a well manicured lawn. There are natural and exciting ways to manage your property, that can provide much needed habitat for amphibians, particularly in an urban environment such as Atlanta. Your backyard could not only provide sanctuary for amphibians, but if enough people do the same the amphibian communities can be connected once again as they were before becoming disconnected or fragmented, by the development of roads, malls, and other forms of large paved structures.

Here is a resource from the GA DNR: Georgia Wildlife website:
Attracting Amphibians to Your Backyard Frogs, toads and some salamanders can be easily attracted…

Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog on exhibit

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Anaxyrus americanus, the American toad. An urban amphibian

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Red Spotted Newt, Notophthalmus viridescens ... a Metro Atlanta amphibian

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Rabbs' Fringed Limbed Tree Frog and other species projected on the UN Building last weekend!

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In June, Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award winning documentary film-maker for his movie The Cove, was at the Garden with his crew to film our amphibian collections for his upcoming film Racing Extinction (@Extinction_OPS). The film, due out in 2015, brings awareness to the global extinction crisis, much like how his amazing documentary brought awareness to the plight of the dolphins in Japan. We were honored to be asked to contribute to this project, which will undoubtedly bring the extinction crisis — arguably effecting the amphibians most of all — to the awareness of the general public.

To promote awareness of the extinction crisis and the upcoming film, a 30 story high visual saga was projected on the side of the UN building in NYC last weekend. The project is called #ProjectingChange. A video of the event, including a 30 story Rabbs' Fringe Limbed Tree Frog can been seen here.

A clip from the #ProjectChange video, featuring Rabbs', Ecnomiohyla rabborum

Critically endangered Lemur Leaf Frog, Agalychnis lemur on exhibit today on the conservatory

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Peekaboo

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Amplexus and sexual dimorphism in Green Spiny Toads, Incilius coniferus

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We're on the road documenting endangered species with @joelsartore#ops6pic.twitter.com/NAcOdqVcDD
— Racing Extinction (@Extinction_OPS) May 13, 2014 Looking forward to Louis' next feature documentary ... the next one "Racing Extinction" will feature the frogs in the frogPOD!

Lemur Leaf frogs Hatching in the frogPOD

Amphibian Conservation video with FrogPOD footage

Baby Anotheca today in the frogpod.

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Panamanian Eyelash Marsupial Frog, Gastrotheca cornuta ... in the frogpod

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Ventral surface of the Granular Glass Frog, Cochranella granulosa

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A new clutch of Sachatamia albomaculata, Glass frog eggs!

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