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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Save the Frogs group rallies in D.C.


Sandra Perohit, left, and John Meagher hold signs at the Save the Frogs rally in D.C. (By James Buck/The Washignton Post)
Where have all the froggies gone? They’ve been eaten, forced from their homes, killed by fungus or, strangest of all, turned from males into females, according to Save the Frogs.

The organization held a rally Friday to warn of an impending Frogpocalypse. Frogs, whose sensitive natures make them a kind of canary in the coal mine of Earth’s environment, are going extinct at an alarming rate, with around one-third of the world’s species currently in danger of disappearing, according to Save the Frog leaders.

Frog lovers met outside the Environmental Protection Agency to raise amphibian awareness and share the love of all things froggy. Save the Frogs organizers targeted the pesticide atrazine, saying it has been shown to cause reproductive problems in frogs, including causing males to develop female traits. The EPA has said that atrazine is safe.

Fans and environmentalists united under the Save the Frogs banner to emphasize frogs’ importance in the ecosystem. News rodent @DCSquirrel (remember #dcsquirrelweek?) felt the love too, live-tweeting from the event.

So, where can we go see these cool disappearing frogs, anyway?


A protester holds cards denouncing the pesticide atrazine. (By James Buck/The Washington Post)
John Meagher, an environmental scientist from northern Virginia and former director of the EPA’s wetlands program, pointed out some local wildlife-watching areas. Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria is “well-kept and has very sound educational programs, on all kinds of species that use wetlands, including frogs,” said Meagher.

Then there’s the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. And frog-lover Michelle Burner from Towson said locals should head to the National Zoo, where they can see cool species such as the Vietnamese Mossy frog, and her favorite, the Panama Golden frog.


Doc, a toy fox terrier, wants to Save the Frogs too, apparently. (By James Buck/The Washignton Post)

By James Buck  |  03:41 PM ET, 04/29/2011

 
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