Cascade Tree-frog (Litoria pearsoniana)
Frogs are among the most sensitive animals to environmental change. Known as bio-indicators, these canaries in the coal mine as it were, have suffered from the impacts of city and farming expansion in South East Queensland. With the removal of vegetation along the previously crystal clear waters of our lowland streams, surface run-off of loose soil and pollutants has increased, clogging and contaminating their waterways. However, in the Gold Coast hinterland, a network of local citizen scientists are making their mark in a profound effort to document and map what remains.
This is the story of the Cascade Tree-frog.
So what is a Bioblitz?
Well, it is a 24 hour rapid survey of a natural area to determine the tapestry of living things that occupy that space. Take a look at this latest episode of ‘Back from the Brink’ to learn more about how you can take part in the bioblitz program and you too could discover hidden populations of rare frogs.
For more information on the Gold Coast Bioblitz Program, see: www.goldcoastcatchments.org/gold-coast-bioblitz
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