Amphibians and reptiles need our help! We have learned that these animals have declined across the planet and we can begin to help them right here at home in Calvert County. Listed below are some project ideas that can help you get started.
Participate in FrogWatch USA
FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program that will allow you to continue to use what you have learned about Calvert County's frogs and toads. Participants in FrogWatch USA identify wetlands in their community and collect data from this spot at least three times over the course of the amphibian breeding season. The data becomes a part of a national effort to help document amphibian distribution. This could be a great way to involve your family in what you have been learning about in science! For more information on FrogWatch USA, click on the button below.
Contribute to the FrogBlog
The Calvert FrogBlog is a way for classes to share what they have learned during the MARA project. This is a way for you to contribute your own observations and ideas for reptile and amphibian conservation. Submit entries to your science teacher and they may be uploaded to the blog for everyone to see!
Inform your school community with words!
Create a public service announcement to inform your school community about why amphibians and reptiles are important and how we can protect them. Some of these messages may be broadcast during your school's morning announcements.
Inform your school community with a video announcement
Create an informative video to move your school to action on an issue connected to reptiles and amphibians. A video message can be a powerful tool to help make a difference for these important animals. Click on the picture to view an example of an informative video message.
Inform your school community with artwork
Informative and artistic posters with information about protecting amphibian and reptile populations can be a great way to raise awareness in your school building. These can be posted in the school hallways as a reminder that these animals need our help.
Make the world safer for amphibians and reptiles
Sadly, a common cause of death for reptiles and amphibians results when these animals fall into swimming pools. One company, FrogLog, designed an escape ramp to help frogs and toads escape from drowning. Maybe you can design an even better system for saving them! Click on the picture to link to a video that will show how a FrogLog works.
Making our streets safer for reptiles and amphibians
Simpy crossing the street can be a life threatening situation for reptiles and amphibians. Areas where roadways cross over wetlands can be especially dangerous for these animals as they move from place to place. Amphibian crossing signs are sometimes used to alert drivers to slow down and watch for frogs and toads on our roads! Can you design a sign that would help save these animals?
Create Amphibian Habitats
When we build new homes, schools, and shopping centers we may destroy habitat that is critical to amphibian survival. We can sometimes put back habitat that will be helpful to amphibian survival by creating small ponds or wetlands. Click on the picture to see a video on how to build a simple frog pond.
Encourage Your School to Save Natural Resources
Recycling and energy conservation are great ways to help reptiles and amphibians. These simple actions help to conserve forest habitat and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. Start a poster campaign in your school to encourage natural resource conservation as a way to help our frogs!
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