Saturday, September 5, 2009

Froggy went a-courtin'

"Very Small Frog 2," August 1st, 2009. Nikon D80, Nikkor 60mm Macro lens, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 400. Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Hundreds of frog species have gone extinct in the past 20 or so years, and a lot of populations around the world have declined by 95-98% in just the past two or three years. Frogs are an "indicator species," because they're one of the very first animals to die off due to environmental changes. It's like the canary they used to keep in coal mines to warn miners when the air was bad. Frogs are really vulnerable to climate change and pollution. They breath through their skin, so any poisons in the air or water are absorbed right away. Which is a bummer, as you may imagine.
Also, a group of frogs is called an army.

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