Plenty of froggy fun was had in the Far East last weekend, with people getting up close and personal with various frog species.
The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA) hosted the Frogs of the Far East community event, inviting Blacksnake Productions to showcase their private collection of frogs.
With frog displays and talks at Mallacoota, Genoa and Cann River, people got to see the frogs and learn all about how and where they live. People were also
shown how they can create a suitable habitat and “frog motels” in their backyards to give frogs a frog friendly environment and safe place to live.
Many people attending the event were already lucky enough to have various species of frogs living in their backyards and around their properties, with lots of comments about how loud they can be at night!
With their new frog knowledge, people were encouraged to head out into their backyard to help track frog recovery following the bushfires. By downloading the iNaturalist project “Frogs of the Far East” and tracking all frog findings, people can easily contribute to studies that will help scientists and environmental agencies track and assist these species long term.
“We have already seen the number of observations in our iNaturalist project increase since the weekend’s events which is a great sign people are downloading the app and contributing to this citizen science project.” Bec Hemming, acting EGCMA CEO, said.
This event was made possible with bushfire recovery funding from the Victorian Government.