28 February 2012

Plans for Leap (Frog) Day

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our event with embe restaurant tomorrow night. A big thanks to everyone who was helping with organisation, and we’re sorry to disappoint everyone who was planning to come.

However, there are all sorts of other things you could do to celebrate and help amphibians on the extra day of the year:

What can you do on the extra day in the year to help frogs and other amphibians?
• To coincide with Leap Day 2012, Amphibian Ark is coordinating an international event, Leaping Ahead of Extinction: A celebration of good news for amphibians in 2012. The event focuses on captive breeding programs for threatened amphibian species, by encouraging people to visit their closest zoo or public facility that is involved with amphibian conservation, on or around Leap Day 2012. Amphibians (frogs, toads, newts and salamanders) are in dire need of our help because they are one of the most imperiled groups of living organisms. Many institutions around the world have taken on the challenge of helping to preserve and breed some of the most threatened species, especially those that cannot currently be saved in the wild before they become extinct. Each institution is designing its own amphibian activities to celebrate Leap Day, and some of these are featured on the Leaping Ahead of Extinction activities web page, www.amphibianark.org/leap-day-activities/

• We are fundraising again to help develop and support Froglife’s Toads on Roads project. This is a vital project in the UK that involves coordinating a national network of volunteers who go out every spring to rescue migrating toads on busy roads. You can find out more about the project and your local Toad Patrol here, and support the Tuppence a Toad campaign here.

• It’s also the perfect time of year to keep an eye on the amphibians in your pond. There are pond management tips in Froglife's Just Add Water publication here.

• We are always looking for new volunteers to help with our projects in London, Peterborough and Glasgow, and to help us from home.  You can find out more about volunteering opportunities here.

So why not use the extra day to help some amphibians near you, or all over the world?

Photo: Sam Taylor

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