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Grand Opening (and Frog Release) Party this August

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We had a wonderful time celebrating the Grand Opening of our tropical frog rainchamber a week or so ago. Lots of people came out to help us celebrate, and we introduced the first 20 frogs into the enclosure.

Here are some incredible photographs from the event by Tess Yaney, of Tess Yaney Photography. Among other things, Tess is the official AF Photographer.

To learn about the construction of the Rainchamber itself, click here.






Tiger-leg Monkey Frog, Callimedusa tomopterna from the upper Amazon basin⁠ ⁠ If you are in Atlanta, and would like to learn more about frogs, join me for an 8 week exploration into their biology, ecology and conservation.⁠ ⁠ Saturdays at Agnes Scott (open to all)⁠ ⁠ bio.amphibian.life

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A baby toad is a #Toadlet and yes, they always look this serious.⁠ ⁠ Learn about toads and other amphibians this fall in the amphibian #Masterclass. An 8 week exploration of frogs, toads, salamanders & others.⁠ ⁠ Saturdays starting in September⁠ ⁠ bio.amphibian.life

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Look at this friggin guy —⁠ ⁠ Interested in Amphibians??⁠ ⁠ Come join me for an 8 week exploration into the world of amphibians. Register at Agnes Scott College (anyone can register)⁠ ⁠ Saturdays starting in September.⁠ ⁠ Register: bio.amphibian.life

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Guest Blogger: Andrew Gray —Admiring views across the pond

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It’s my privilege to post on the Amphibian Foundation's frogblog and to offer any support I can for the amazing work of Mark Mandica, who’s level of commitment to amphibian conservation I greatly admire. I have known Mark for over 5 years now and the more I know of this man the more impressed I am with all he does. Establishing AF, and all the associated amphibian conservation, teaching and engagement work, is a real credit to him and such an incredible achievement.
Although much of Mark’s great conservation work focuses on native US species, I also know that he has a real passion for tropical species. It is through this shared interest that we first met and particularly with regards neotropical tree frogs. Much our outreach and engagement work with the younger generation here in Manchester involves getting them outdoors to generate interest in the natural world. Related Links:
'Inspired by Nature' - Manchester Museum environmental education outreach at Brockholes             …

A Granular Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ One of the more robust species of #GlassFrog, these frogs lay large clutches of eggs on leaves over water, much like the #LeafFrogs of the family Phyllomedusidae.⁠ ⁠ Once developed, the tadpoles hatch and plop down into the water below!⁠ ⁠ Support conservation & get your Glass Frog Shirt here: Link in Bio⁠ ⁠ ⁠ etsy.com/listing/713719350/glass-frog-t-shirt⁠

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Happy Friday!⁠ ⁠ Here is a Slope-snouted Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ Cochranella euknemos is one of the most beautiful species of #GlassFrog with a very interesting call. ⁠ ⁠ Did you know that we do our best to record, produce and publish the calls of the species we work with on our SoundCloud page?⁠ ⁠ Here is a link to the advertisement call of this species: https://soundcloud.com/amphibian-conservation/cochranella-euknemos⁠ ⁠ Support conservation & get your Glass Frog Shirt here: Link in Bio⁠ ⁠ etsy.com/listing/713719350/glass-frog-t-shirt⁠

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Thank you, Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) for supporting and believing in our Critter Camp — inspiring the next generation of conservationists.

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Last year, ARC provided scholarships to urban youth from underserved communities in Atlanta so they could attendCritter Campfor an entire week for only $25 (normally $275-350). This year, in large part because ofsupport from our community, we were able to send more kids to camp for free! Without these scholarships provided by ARC and our partners at the US Forest Service, the kids that we’re able to send to Critter Camp may never get exposure to the amphibians, reptiles, or their habitats, and we believe that exposing children to the outdoors early and often fosters a greater respect for the environment and a greater investment in protecting these places and the species that rely on them throughout their lives.  Camp founders and teachers, Crystal and Mark Mandica from the Amphibian Foundation teach kids about over 100 different amphibians and reptiles from around the world, how to safely handle them, and how to identify frog species by their calls and tadpoles.  Even the kids who ar…

Here's a cute little La Palma Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ Hyalinobatrachium valeroi is a smaller glass from from Central and South America. ⁠ ⁠ #GlassFrogs deposit their eggs on leaves overhanging water. The markings on the frog's back mimic the appearance of an egg clutch, so the frog can hide with the developing eggs and defend them — sometimes quite violently!⁠ ⁠ Support conservation & get your Glass Frog Shirt: Link in Bio⁠ ⁠ etsy.com/listing/713719350/glass-frog-t-shirt⁠

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Baby Slope-snouted Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ Cochranella euknemos tadpoles take a very long time to metamorphose. This little thing was a tadpole for over 2 years! Worth the wait ...⁠ ⁠ #AmphibiousAF⁠ ⁠ Support conservation and get your Glass Frog Shirt here: ⁠ https://ift.tt/2TLTFcQ

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Slope-snouted Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Glass Frogs hardly even cast a shadow, which could greatly aid in avoiding predators. #AmphibiousAF⁠ ⁠ ------------⁠ ⁠ Link in bio to fabulous Glass Frog shirt by Katie Karl⁠

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The Granular Glass Frog for #GlassFrogWeek⁠ ⁠ Cochranella granulosa has always been one of my favorites, the colors and textures continue to blow my mind. #AmphibiousAF⁠ ⁠ To purchase Katie's incredible depiction of this species, visit the link below:https://ift.tt/2TLTFcQ

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#GlassFrogWeek featuring these incredible frogs and the work of Katie Karl

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Tomorrow, we are launching the first #GlassFrogWeek to highlight a beautiful and fascinating group of frogs known as the centrolenids. This has been a favorite group of ours for many years and we have had the privilege of working with a few species of Glass Frog over the years as well.

#GlassFrogWeek will also feature the incredible work of Katie Karl, a gifted artist and dedicated conservationist at Blue Iguana Art, who recently created this splendid graphic of the Granulated Glass Frog, Cochranella granulosa, and offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirt to the Amphibian Foundation.

You can purchase the shirt here.

I asked Katie to tell us a bit about herself:

I am 19 years old and I have had a love for reptiles and amphibians for almost my entire life. I felt a serious need to do something for reptile conservation after watching a video on rattlesnake roundups in 2016. After watching that video, I had the idea to combine my love for art with my passion f…