About our frog mascot: Geocrinia alba and other amphibians
Denise Guthrie's Speech at the opening of the Frog Bog Garden
The Margaret Region is developing rapidly and we are losing very valuable habitats, to the point that we are known as one of the Biodiversity Hot Spots. A Biodiversity Hot Spot is recognised as an area rich in plant and animal species, particularly endemic species (only found in the local area), and under immediate threat from impacts such as land clearing, development pressures, salinity, weeds and feral animals.
The Nyindamurra Family School has adopted the Frog Species Geocrinia alba as their mascot. This is the small White Bellied Ground Frog and it is only found in 130sq kms in the Karridale-Witchcliffe area of Western Australia.
This Frog Species is a 'High Priority #1' endangered species as its future sustainability has been greatly threatened by continuing development for agriculture and housing and bad fire management.
Amphibians are widely regarded as “canaries in the coal mine” since their highly permeable skin is more immediately sensitive to changes in the environment, including changes to freshwater and air quality.
They are nature’s best indicator of overall environmental health.
We need to protect our wetlands. Australia’s rivers, wetlands and creeks are under threat from an increasingly warmer climate and expanding human population.
We need to recycle urban water and we need to learn to live with climate
activity, not control it.
The students at Nyindamurra will be drawing their local frogs, flora and fauna and putting these altogether to make a book as part of this project. Through the ‘Junior Landcare Australia Grant’, the school has received funding to enable them to buy the sedges and rushes for the Frog Bog Garden and planting will begin soon.
|Geocrinia alba lives on clay soils in dense vegetation in damp or swampy areas in areas kept moist into spring and summer by seepage along creek lines. They lay a small number of eggs singly in shallow water where they sink to the bottom.|