We recently created a not so small water feature in our backyard to attract native wildlife and to have something relaxing to look out on at the end of the day with a vino!
After a few months we have noticed a lot more birds around, some turtles (we said it was not so small) and we are getting some different types of frogs! The nice kind, not the cane toad kind! Anyhow the frogs set us to thinking and after doing some googling we found that up to 1/3 of the worlds species of frogs is at threat. Why is this a problem we hear you ask. Well it just so happens that they do lots for our ecosystem.
Frogs eat mosquitoes, ticks and flies that carry vector-borne diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, lyme disease and leishmaniasis. Tadpoles eat algae and therefore act as a natural filtration system that keeps our drinking water clean.
Frogs serve as food to a diverse array of predators including birds, reptiles, fish, dragonflies and monkeys, and the loss of frogs from the ecosystem would therefore negatively affect these species as well.
Due to their permeable skin that absorbs chemicals and pollutants, frogs are accurate bioindicators, providing us with an early-response system that can tell us when something is wrong in the environment.
Frogs are important in human medicine: 10% of the Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine have come from research that depended on frogs. When a frog species disappears, so does any chance of that species improving human well-being.
So in saying all of that we just wanted to share a simple design for a frog pond that we came across. After all spring has sprung and its a great time of year to get out and do something to help the environment.
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Leon and Bindy