Fog

Hop on into 2022 to learn about local frogs

A decline in frog numbers across the Goulburn Murray region has sparked a campaign to highlight the threats to local frog populations and what can be done to ensure their survival.

A decline in frog numbers across the Goulburn Murray region has sparked a campaign to highlight the threats to local frog populations and what can be done to ensure their survival.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) will lead a year-long community awareness project next year: 2022 - The Year of the Frog.

GB CMA’s Land, Biodiversity and Indigenous Program Manager, Dr Steve Wilson, said throughout next year the campaign would educate the community on the issues contributing to a reduction in frog numbers and solutions.

“There are diverse frog species in our catchment including tree frogs, ground dwelling frogs and frogs that live in the high country that are suffering for reasons including less available water and climate change impacts,” Dr Wilson said.

“Over the course of 12 months we will focus on local frogs, what they need, why they are in trouble and what we can do to help such as protecting frog habitat, setting up a backyard pond and controlling pests.”

GB CMA’s project officer, Janice Mentiplay-Smith, said as part of the Linking Landscapes and Communities Project which focuses on the Grey Box Grassy Woodlands area, the Year of the Frog would showcase 12 species specific to the area, with regular and interesting ways for people to learn more about the frogs in our local environment.

“Frogs are such an important part of our environment yet are often unseen and under-appreciated, so the purpose of the Year of the Frog is to raise the profile of these little ecological heroes,” Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.

“Our Year of the Paddock Tree campaign in 2019 proved that raising awareness over 12 months can have meaningful and long-term results so I’m excited to be involved with a new ‘Year’ and one that can help our local frogs.”

Partner agencies in the Year of the Frog include Moira Shire Council, Goulburn Valley Water, River Connect and community members who will contribute to activities and events throughout the year.

This project is supported by the Goulburn Broken CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. For more information contact Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 0418 316 169 or email: janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au