Why worry about amphibians?Almost 40% of the world's amphibian species have been documented as in decline, or already extinct! This is a huge number (approx. 2,800) of species in decline — more than any other group of animals.
Amphibians eat a lot of bugs!Amphibians eat an impressive number of insects every year. Some of them, such as Spotted Salamanders, specialize in eating mosquitos! Without amphibians, insect populations could grow exponentially.
Amphibians are vital components of the food webAmphibians are right in the middle of the food web, consuming small predators and consumers, and in turn are eaten in every life stage (adults, larvae and eggs) by a host of predators who rely on amphibians for food.
Amphibians are sensitive to the environmentAmphibians do all of their drinking through their skin. Many species breathe right through their skin as well. Amphibians are one of the first groups of animals to respond to imbalances in the environment.
Amphibians have been around a long time!Amphibians have been here for over 300 million years! Early amphibians were enormous, impressive beasts but today's amphibians - like frogs and salamanders - were around before the dinosaurs even showed up. They have survived through many challenges, but none as powerful as what they are experiencing today.
Amphibian skin contains vital pharmaceutical compoundsAn amphibian's skin contains many compounds which have proven useful to human health in the form of pharmaceuticals. Their natural compounds can resist bacterial and viral infection and relieve pain.
Amphibians live everywhere!Amphibians exist all over the world - including some regions that you might not normally expect them to - such as deserts and inside the Artic circle. They perform vital roles in ecosystems around the world.
Amphibians are disappearing globallyThe world is currently experiencing a simultaneous loss of almost 3,000 species of amphibians. They are disappearing from pristine environments as well as developed ones. These decline rates must be addressed before we lose all of our amphibians.
Global Extinction Crisis
Joe Mendelson, quoted in National Geographic, 2005
The last time we saw such a categorical loss ... was with the dinosaurs. And no one can say that didn't change the planet
Major Causes for Amphibian DeclinesThere are 6 major documented causes for the amphibian decline phenomena. Recent studies indicate that these factors work in concert to be even more deadly.
How you can help amphibians!
The Amphibian Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to amphibian conservation and education. If you are in the Atlanta area, please consider volunteering in the MAAMP program, or suggest survey sites.
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Our inititatives are dependent on donations, contributions and grants. Please consider donating today or become a member! Any amount helps directly to conserve amphibians in the southeast US.
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Outside of the metro Atlanta region, you can join your local Frog Watch chapter. If there isn't one in your area ... start one!
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The Amphibian Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to amphibian conservation and education.
If you are in the Atlanta area, please consider volunteering in the MAAMP program, or suggest survey sites.