Frogs in the Field

Held on Saturday April 8th 2017, from 2-4pm at Blue Lagoon, ‘Frogs in the Field’ was a fantastic day out learning about our local frogs.

Frogs in the Field at Blue Lagoon, 8 April 2017 [Sharon Kent]

We offered three tours, at 2.00, 2.45 & 3.30 with up to12 people on each tour. Approximately 60 people came along – some from as far afield as Huonville and Hobart! Our resident frog expert and ecologist Dr Karyl Michaels, gave entertaining and informative presentations throughout the afternoon and we all learnt something new and interesting. For instance, who would have thought Tasmania has a frog that sounds like a duck and smells like curry? What about a frog, that provides an accurate weather forecast, from a backyard pond? Karyl captured everyone’s attention with her frog stories and everyone was keen to move on to the Blue Lagoon and see what we could find.

We discovered Blue Lagoon is home to three species at present – the brown tree frog, spotted marsh frog and eastern banjo frog. A small glass tank was soon filled with frogs, collected with great enthusiasm by our young participants and much time was spent observing and identifying, before releasing them back where they were found.

A wonderful afternoon of family fun, paddling about, getting muddy and discovering more about the fascinating creatures that live in our area.

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