Save the Frogs Day to be marked

Amphibians called the canaries in coal mines of climate change

A red-legged frog in DL33.

A red-legged frog in DL33.

Stop and think about the plight of the frogs for a moment this Friday, during the third annual Save the Frogs Day, celebrated locally on Saturday, April 30.  

Celebrations will be hosted by the local Wilderness Committee with a public tour through Nanoose Bay’s DL33, containing rare Coastal Douglas fir forest, thriving wetlands and diverse plant communities, a place ideal for many frog populations. 

 “Not only have frog populations been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, with nearly one-third of the world’s 6,490 amphibian species threatened with extinction, but right here in our community, we have an entire Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem on East Vancouver Island, that scientists and government agree, is on the brink of extinction,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson.

DL33 has been approved for logging by the provincial government.

The tour will be lead by biologist Ron Buechert  after a short talk and photo displays of frogs, toads, amphibians, plants and wildlife photographed in DL33. Face-painting will also take place at the event.

Meet for the tour at 1 p.m. at the Nanoose Bay Petrocan station on the corner of the Island Highway and Northwest Bay Road. 

For more information call 250-752-6585.