Heartfelt thanks to each and every participant of “Frogs of Manipal’ club. We are now a brilliant gang of 133 frog lovin’ members! This informal club was created in October 2016 and team Frogs of Manipal (FoM) has made some awesome discoveries since then. So on this first Friday of 2017, let’s recap everything that we have achieved together in the last three months as team FoM –
- We surveyed various sectors of Manipal twice every week, taking the total count of our surveys to more than 20 in three months
- We documented about 5 road kills from across Manipal in the dry season
- We encountered and recorded an eyeless ‘Endangered’ frog – Uperedon mormorata
- We spent 21st Nov’16 cracking delightful frog jokes to have a good laugh together
- We’ve participated in 3 polls – one each month; and we will continue with monthly polls to gauge the community’s opinions
- We shared pictures of ‘Data Deficient’ frogs like the Western Tree Frog sitting on the walls of our hostels
- We encountered Nematode infection in an aquatic frog in October 2016
- We saw an amazing video of a Bull Frog escaping death right in our university’s backyard by Girish Rajannavar
- We launched #FridayFrogFact where we read, write and share frog blogs every week. We promise to continue doing this!
- We also took #FridayFrogFact to an international platform with a post being published in The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)
- Our team members from places away from Manipal showed their virtual support by sharing interesting scientific studies
- With our outreach activities, we spoke about #NotJustFrogs to a total of 256 students- in Manipal and surrounding towns. The change in these kids’ perception of frogs – from ‘icky’ to ‘wow’ was heartwarming to say the least!
- We laughed and came up with intelligent strategies to come out of the ditch into which one of our team mate’s car went straight down on 26th Oct’16 as we wrapped up our regular frog walk
- That same day, we also saw a beautiful Scops Owl along with frogs
- We have successfully maintained high ethical standards within our team – thanks to our moderators and each one of us!
In the future, we will achieve a lot more together. We promise to continue our surveys throughout the year. We will also be conducting fun activities like ‘Frog Movie Nights’. We will continue writing frog blogs. I think, we should take a step into making some fun videos in 2017 to endorse FoM.
I am waiting for your ideas, suggestions and opinions that you think will help us improve in the coming year. Our objective as always, remains:
- To spread awareness about the frogs of Manipal
- To document abnormalities in frogs
- To document road kills across the town
- Come up with interesting strategies for conservation
- To promote living in harmony with frogs
- To change attitudes towards frogs as a whole
- To bring more people into this loving community – once they come to love frogs as much as we do!
Let’s welcome the New Year with gratitude and love towards all species on our planet!
Thank you from Team FoM <3
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