Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Region Hops on Science Project; Mary River Environmental Group Pleased with Findings of February Frog Spotting

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Region Hops on Science Project; Mary River Environmental Group Pleased with Findings of February Frog Spotting

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Byline: Peter and Bevly Hughes

IF YOU missed out on taking part in the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee's Find a Frog in February Citizen Science project there will be another chance next year.

MRCCC project officer Eva Ford said that the particularly dry February meant numbers were down on expectations.

"February was chosen as it is usually good and wet," she said. "Even so we had over 400 records from Toogooum in the north, Bellthorpe to the south and west to Glastonbury."

Ms Ford said that records from the Wallum country were scarce, but well represented from most other regions.

She said that a total of 22 species were recorded from more than 60 observers, with the big three endangered species on the list.

She said the giant barred frog, cascade frog and tusked frog are regarded as nationally endangered, though the tusked frog seems pretty safe in this region.

Ms Ford said the project was designed to try to find the distribution of as many frog species as possible to enable better land and waterway management. …

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