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Dear FrogLoggers,

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


3 Editorial


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”


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)


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