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Save the amphibians! They are dying off in a mass extinction worldwide.

More info on the plight of amphibians and the AMAZING work being done to save them by @frogsneedourhelp @joelsartore Thank you again, ...

Friday, August 19, 2016

#Prisma filter of a beautiful Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum.

I am highlighting native, metro Atlanta amphibian species as I am looking forward to the Amphibian Identification Workshop @kavarnadecatur August 28th @ 4:30. It's all ages, free and will have live animals! For more information see: http://ift.tt/2baqsme

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Save the amphibians! They are dying off in a mass extinction worldwide.

More info on the plight of amphibians and the AMAZING work being done to save them by @frogsneedourhelp @joelsartore

Thank you again, Laura for supporting amphibians and amphibian conservation!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Spotted Salamander through a Prisma filter

(photo by Edward Henderson) Edward wanted to see how this #Prisma filter works with one of his images, so he sent me this picture of a NC Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum. I really like how it came out!

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Free Atlanta Science Tavern Amphibian Identification Workshop Aug 28th @ Kavarna 4:30-6:00 pm

The beautiful Marbled Salamander, Ambystoma opacum through a #Prisma filter.

Marbled Salamanders have been detected, albeit rarely, inside the 285 perimeter through the monitoring surveys of the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (maamp.us). Historically, they were probably once common in this area. This species, and ask of the 28 amphibian species native to the Atlanta region will be covered in the free amphibian identification workshop on August 28th at Kavarna in Decatur. This is a joint production with the Atlanta Science Tavern. For more information, please visit:    

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Our Beloved Romeo's Surgery was 4 Years Ago Today!

Valerie, Leslie and I helping Gene perform surgery on one of the Garden Bullfrog's leg
For those of you that remember Romeo - the personable Bullfrog from the Aquatic Pond ... His leg surgery, which was necessary as the result of a bird or turtle bite, was 4 years ago today!

Dedicated volunteer and retired physician, Gene performed the surgery, which Romeo fully recovered from despite now being a tripod.

While he still had all of his legs, Romeo was known for approaching visitors, eating bugs right out of your hand, and on this blog is footage of him swimming up and jumping right into the hand of former Amphibian Conservation Scientist at the Garden - Dante Fenolio.

To see all the posts on Romeo, including the footage of him swimming up and jumping into Dante's hand, click the link below:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

#‎Phantasmal‬ ‪#‎PoisonFrog‬ Epipedobates tricolor in the ‪#‎FuquaConservatory‬

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One of the first things (and ultimately one of my favorite things) about the conservatory is this healthy and vital population of ‪#‎Morispunga‬ tricolors. One can observe them in this semi-natural setting 365 days a year, but they are most active during the mornings after the conservatory has been watered heavily. Look to see if the pathway is wet - if so then you should have no trouble hearing the calls of advertising male frogs, trying to woo females. If you look hard enough, you can find male frogs guarding the eggs, which are often deposited on the horizontal portion of leaves within a couple of feet from the ground. Once the eggs hatch, he will carry them on his back to one of the 7 little wetlands inside the conservatory. This atypical parental care behavior is actually common in the family of Poison Frogs -‪#‎Dendrobatidae‬ ‪

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