NORMAN – Around the world, frogs are in danger.  Loss of  habitat, pollution, climate change and a devastating disease caused by a chytrid fungus is impacting frog populations everywhere. To raise awareness of the plight of frogs, on Friday, April 29, the Sam Noble Museum is participating in the international Save the Frogs Day.  Visitors will enjoy demonstrations of native Oklahoma frogs, free presentations by frog specialists, and a wealth of information about the importance of frogs to our world.  Museum admission will be free after 2 p.m.

 

Frogs are an important part of the world’s ecosystems, and frogs are considered accurate indicators of environmental stress: the health of frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole.  Frogs have survived in more or less their current form for 250 million years, having survived countless ice ages, asteroid crashes, and other environmental disturbances, yet now one-third of amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. This should serve as an alarm call to humans that something is wrong in the environment.

 

On Save the Frogs Day, museum herpetology curators Janalee Caldwell and Laurie Vitt will give two free presentations about the threats to frogs, their amazing life histories, and their roles in our ecosystems, which will include some live frogs native to Oklahoma.  Presentations will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

 

Visitors can learn more about frogs at a “touch table” featuring objects from museum collections including frog skeletons and live frogs.  There will be a frog crafts table for kids, Discovery Room activities and a frog-themed scavenger hunt.  There also will be regular screenings of “Frogs: The Thin Green Line,” an episode of the PBS series “Nature” that focuses on the loss of frog species, its causes and possible consequences.

 

To learn more about Save the Frogs Day, and about the efforts worldwide to rescue frogs from extinction, visit www.savethefrogs.com

 

The Sam Noble Museum is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.  For more information about the museum, call ·405) 325-4712, or visit the museum’s website at www.snomnh.ou.edu.