When writing the editorials for FrogLog, I often try to find a unifying theme underpinning each edition. And as I read through the articles for this edition, it quickly became apparent to me that it is more than simply a regional edition focused on the Americas; it is an issue about progress.
At the end of 2013, the Amphibian Survival Alliance gave out its first grant. Since then, the Alliance has directed more than $500,000 to global amphibian conservation efforts worldwide, thanks to the support of Alliance Partners and readers like you. But the news gets even better. The Alliance is now on track to investing close to $1,000,000.00 to amphibian conservation, research and education projects around the world by June of this year.
Now that’s progress!
As many of you will recall, in mid-2013, the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, in partnership with the Alliance, formed 12 thematic working groups with the objective of reviewing the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), which was originally published in 2007. These working groups were asked to develop a clear strategy addressing today’s conservation challenges worldwide. The first revision to ACAP has now been completed and is available on our website, where it will be regularly re-assessed and updated, making it a truly living document.
Now that’s progress!
Still not impressed? I guarantee you will be when you discover the many other exciting signs of progress throughout the pages of this edition. From multidisciplinary thinking and solutions, to harnessing the power of partnerships and the fostering of new areas of research, this edition has it all.
From the Great White North of Canada to the southernmost tip of South America, we’re seeing on-the-ground conservation successes and promising approaches that address the most pressing conservation issues amphibians face today.
Now that’s progress!
Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx
TABLE OF CONTENTS
NEWS FROM THE ASA & ASG
4 Success! Half a Million Dollars Directed Towards Saving Amphibians Around the World
5 Updating the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP): Towards a Living Road Map
6 Amphibian Survival Alliance Seed Grant Program: Small Investments with Huge Returns
6 Ecotoxicological Studies as a Tool on Amphibians’ Disease Risk Assessment
8 The use of eDNA to Evaluate and Monitor the Golden Tree Frog (Phytotriades auratus) Population
9 Meet Amphibian Hero CREA
11 “Red Listing” to Help Save Southeast Asia’s Amphibians
13 Building Partnerships for Amphibian Conservation: Peru’s Amphibian Specialist Group and Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park
15 Dynamic Biodiversity Assessment: Introduction to the Forum on “Amphibian Alliance for Zero Extinction Sites in Chiapas and Oaxaca”
NEW FROM THE AMPHIBIAN COMMUNITY
20 Protecting Amphibians from Pesticides
20 The Website for the Admirable Red-Belly Toad is Online
21 ACRS 2015: Empowering the Future of Amphibian Conservation
23 Complex Bacterial Challenge in Fight against Deadly Amphibian Disease
24 Chytrid Fungus Found in Madagascar: An Update of Planned Conservation Strategies
26 In Memoriam: César Ramón Molina Rodriguez (1960-2015)
REGIONAL EDITION: NEWS FROM THE AMERICAS
30 Shape-Shifting “Punk Rocker” Frog Discovered in Cloud Forest of Ecuador
32 Protecting Amphibian Habitats Now: A Canadian International Conservation Organization Weighs In
35 Amphibian Conservation in “The Great White North:” Working Towards Evidence-Based Best Practices
37 Vancouver Aquarium Breeds Tadpoles of Endangered Oregon Spotted Frog and Finds Juveniles Surviving in the Wild
39 City Closes Road to Protect Endangered Jefferson Salamander
40 Winter Salamandering: The Eastern Newt
41 Amphibians Get Life-Saving Protections under the Endangered Species Act
43 Environmental DNA and Amphibian Monitoring: Insights from the Eastern Hellbender
46 Adopt-A-Stream: Citizens Undertake Amphibian Conservation Efforts in the Southeastern United States
50 Competitive Eaters: The Influence of Density on Cannibalism among Wood Frog Tadpoles
52 Aerial Dispersal of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus: Detection in Rainwater from Honduras
54 Recent Progress for the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center (HARCC)
56 I Colloquium about Amphibian Research and Conservation in Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica
57 Amphibian Ark Announces Seventh Annual Call for Proposals for its Seed Grant Program
60 New Rescue Lab for Endangered Amphibians Opens in Panama
61 Life in the Time of Bd: Long-Term Monitoring of Wild Atelopus in Eastern Panama
66 Unexpected Results in Probiotics Study Leads to new Questions for Scientists Seeking to Protect Golden Frogs
67 First Isolation of Chytrid from French Guiana
69 Amazon Survey Finds Potentially New Frog Species