In the July holidays members of the Junior Landcare group had fun learning about frogs and visiting a fantastic frog site just out of Edenhope.
The junior landcare group members and their parents had a fun afternoon learning about interesting frogs around the world in a slideshow presentation at Edenhope College. The children then learnt about our local frogs and had fun trying to identify their calls from a range of other interesting sounds. It wasn't as easy as they thought!
They also got to try some 'frog egg' recipes for afternoon tea (otherwise known as tapioca).
The session finished with a rather muddy visit to Yiddinga Swamp, an area protected under the Wimmera Catchment Management Authorities habitat tender program. The group listened for the frogs calls and were lucky enough to discover a population of toadlets. Toadlets are actually small frogs that lay their eggs on the ground, in nests, a few weeks prior to flooding. When the eggs hatch the tadpoles swim away. Toadlets are threatened by the destruction of their habitats through processes such as drainage, urbanization and grazing. It was fantastic to find a thriving population in this protected wetland area.