Saturday, July 22, 2017

I apologize for the long delay in between posts. We have been overwhelmed with building the Amphibian Foundation and launching a second location for our reptile and amphibian summer camp — Critter Camp! Everything has been going so incredibly well, and we are in the process of completing our newest facility, which will serve as our main research lab. We are also excited to be launching our Urban Turtle Conservation Program. Aside from our amphibian conservation programs, we work with other Atlanta-based nonprofits on #UrbanEcology, Conservation and Restoration. Last year, along with Atlanta Audubon @atlantaaudubonsociety Blue Heron Nature Preserve @bhnpatlanta Trees Atlanta @treesatlanta Chattahoochee Nature Center @sighted_on_the_127 and Arabia Mountain @arabia_alliance One of the most imperiled groups in metro Atlanta are our turtles. We are working on bringing lasting solutions to the issues which turtles face, particularly in an urban environments such as invasive species, polluted and silted streams from run-off, and habitat loss & fragmentation. To this end, we have a new Turtle Conservation Coordinator - Greg Brashear - known on Instagram as @deadsnake_greg who has some incredible turtle videos on his Youtube channel. Greg is taking the lead on the Urban Turtle Conservation Program. If you are in the Atlanta area, come to #Repticon tomorrow morning and meet Greg and talk turtles! Please consider supporting the Amphibian Foundation by becoming a member or purchasing our AF merchandise! #UrbanTurtleProblems #Turtles #Turtle #TurtleConservation


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Our Blog's Web Address is Changing!

After 8 years of frog bloggin, we are changing the URL of our blog, which has over 200K Views and gets about 180 hits a day!

It has been quite a privilege for us to communicate in this way and look forward to continuing to answer questions and get the word our about amphibians and amphibian declines.

On Aug 1, 2017 the URL for the blog will change to http://amphibianfound.blogspot.com

If you have the blog bookmarked, we hope you will update your bookmarks at that time. You can always get to it  through our website as well: amphibianfoundation.org

Thank you!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Gopher Frog Conservation Partners USFWS do an Incredible Job in Their First Season of Head-Starting!

This year, USFWS joined GA DNR, UGA, Zoo Atlanta and the Amphibian Foundation in a state-wide project to increase population numbers of Georgia's rarest frog — The Gopher Frog. The fish hatchery at Warm Springs, and it's exceptional staff of biologists were excited to use their incredible facilities to rear amphibians. Historically, they have been focused on other aquatic vertebrates (fish) and invertebrates (muscles). The service has done an amazing job this year and we are excited to partner with them on another amphibian conservation project.  With USFWS covering assisted-metamorphosis for the species, the Amphibian Foundation and Zoo Atlanta are developing a program for the captive breeding of the species. The images below were taken by Carlos Echevarria, the Hatchery Manager at Warm Springs.

USFWS Biologists checking the development of Gopher Frog larvae at the Warm Spring facility
Over 700 Gopher Frogs were reared through the assisted metamorphosis program this year @ Warm Springs. This is USFWS first year collaborating on a project that has been head-starting Gopher Frogs for 11 years.
Carlos Echevarria of USFWS inspecting a recently metamorphosed Gopher Frog prior to release.
USFWS Biologist Josh Simmons getting ready to release hundreds of Gopher Froglets at Fall Line Sandhills









Sunday, June 25, 2017

An amazing and generous donation from Alan Grosse of the GA Aquarium

Moments after we finished painting our new research lab last Sunday, Alan came with an extremely generous donation of three heavily planted and beautiful terraria. On the left is Morispunga Epipedobates tricolor, next are two varieties of Oophaga pumilio, and on the right is Ranitomeya benedicta — three different genera of tiny Poison Frogs! Thanks Alan!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Our incredible Communications and Cyber Outreach Team

Amanda Sargent, Tess Yaney and Lacey Avery comprise (with myself and Ray Hopkins) the Comms Team. The Amphibian Foundation in lucky to have such a talented and passionate group!