g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Home Improvement
Women's Fashion
Small Office/Home Office
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking
Crafts for Kids

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Water Gardens Site

BellaOnline's Water Gardens Editor


Get Involved, Save The Frogs

Guest Author - Sheri Ann Richerson

When planning a pond it is important to consider what you will choose to raise in your pond as well as what types of wildlife will come to your pond for food, water or shelter. Frogs are just one of the many possible visitors that may come to your pond. Frogs, which lay their eggs in water, are declining rapidly because of environmental threats such as pollution, destruction of wetlands and other habitats, non-native species introduction, and increased ultraviolet radiation.

Frogs need both aquatic and terrestrial habitats to survive. In the winter months, many tadpoles which have turned into frogs die. Frogs can freeze when a pond they are in freezes. It is important to put a pond de-icer into your pond and if possible keep the water moving so gas exchange can occur. Frogs also tend to bury themselves in the leaves, dirt and debris that has collected on the bottom of the pond so it is important to leave some of this in place if you clean your pond in the fall. If your pond is new and you want to provide a place for frogs to over winter, add some clean sand to the bottom of your pond. It is also a good idea to provide places for frogs to hide from predators the same way you would for fish.

During the winter months if you look at a frog its color will match the decaying leaves, will not respond to stimulation and it may look dead even though it is still alive. It is best to not remove or disturb any frog during this time unless they are floating upside down or fungus is growing on the frog.

Once you have set up your pond and noticed that some frogs have taken up residence, there is one more thing you can do to make a difference, get involved! Programs such as Frogwatch USA need volunteers. The process is simple and you will be helping scientists conserve amphibians. Simply go to the Frogwatch USA page, http://www.nwf.org/frogwatchUSA/ and sign up. You will be given a packet of information about frogs and how to document the frogs that come to your pond. Once you have this documentation you will be asked to report it. You will find links to sites that show photos of frogs that live in your area. There are also links that help you identify frogs by sound.

If your pond is already set up, there is a good chance that you already have amphibians living there. If not, when you do create your pond, donít forget the frogs!
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Twitter Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Facebook Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to MySpace Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Del.icio.us Digg Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Yahoo My Web Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Google Bookmarks Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Stumbleupon Add Get+Involved%2C+Save+The+Frogs to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Water Gardens Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Sheri Ann Richerson. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sheri Ann Richerson. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Nine Sure Ways To Kill Your Koi

Finalizing Your Stream and Falls

Building a Stream with a Spillway

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor