Michigan Wants Volunteers to Survey Toads and Frogs Again This Year
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting for individual volunteers to help out with its yearly frog and toad survey. The main aim of this annual event is to help the state determine the population and growth amphibians in the state. Volunteers will only need to listen to frog calls during the breeding season and identify their species and numbers.
Purpose of the annual frog and toad survey event
Biologists in Michigan are worried that the population of amphibians are declining in the state, and are taking proactive steps to remedy the situation. The coordinator of the state's frog and toad survey, Lori Sargent, lamented the steady decline of mink frogs and Fowler's toads among other amphibians in the state. She attributes this steady decline to the limited range occupied by the identified species against other amphibians that can be found anywhere in the state, the Holland Sentinel writes.
What volunteers will do to carry out the toad and frog survey
All that volunteers are required to do is to visit the breeding habitats of these amphibians at least three times during spring. The mating and breeding activities of toads and frogs peak during spring season and this is when they are easy to sight and counted by sounds they emit. Biologists say volunteers can usually identify species of calling frogs and toads by their sounds. There are 10 wetland sites in Michigan, and these are places volunteers are expected to visit to make their recordings.
The annual toad and frog survey program in Michigan is the second longest running in the United States. Biologists and state officials are worried that environmental pollution, human interference, disease and loss of habitat are among factors responsible for the steady decline of toads and frogs among other amphibians in the state. Volunteers with experience will have no problems carrying out the task, but those without any experience can learn more at http://www.migov/wildlife.
New Species of Thumbnail-Size Frogs Discovered In India
Indian scientists have found the smallest frogs in the world – new frog species that can sit comfortably on your fingernail or coin. Four species of the new frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats of India, where three new species had earlier been found before. The frogs were found to belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus or night frogs after five years of extensive exploration.
Frog's Tongue Mystery Explained, Super-Adhesive Power Cracked By Scientists
A frog's insect-catching prowess is finally explained, and their amazing ability lies in their spit. A frog's saliva has a unique feature which makes it hard for its prey to escape.
10,000 Endangered Frogs Mysteriously Dies In Peru Lake
Pollution is the biggest factor contributing to the deaths.
Odd couple shared 250-million year old nest
An amphibian and a precursor to mammals that co-habitated a nest, 250 million years ago, have just been discovered, making them an old, odd couple.
Bullfrogs not immune to deadly fungus they spread
Bullfrogs may die of the deadly fungus they themselves spread, a new study suggests.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
A simple, Yet Versatile, New Design for Chaotic Oscillating Circuitry Inspired by Prime Numbers
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have found a simple, yet highly versatile, way to generate "chaotic signals" with various features. The technique consists of interconnecting three "ring oscillators," effectively making them compete against each other while controlling their respective strengths and their linkages. The resulting device is rather small and efficient, thus suitable for emerging applications such as realizing wireless networks of sensors.
Tip Sheet: Recent Research on How DNA is Read and Copied
Two scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have unraveled aspects of how DNA organizes and preserves genetic information. Newly published research by Cynthia Wolberger, Ph.D., and James Berger, Ph.D., whose labs sit side by side, takes a closer look at how the puzzle pieces of DNA machinery fit together.