Welcome to another exciting edition of FrogLog. With so many updates and stories crammed into the following pages you will want to read this entire edition from front to back in one sitting!
Since the April edition, the Amphibian Survival Alliance joined forces with the Singapore Zoo, the Animal Welfare Institute and Defenders of Wildlife to host two international amphibian trade workshops. Teams of amphibian and trade specialists from academia, government and non-governmental organizations gathered at parallel workshops in Singapore and Washington, DC, species impacted by trade and measures, if any, might prove beneficial to their longterm survival in the wild. Details can be found on page 4.
The Amphibian Specialist Group’s strategic plan is now available. The plan aims to act as a road map to guide amphibian conservation science at the global level, as well as providing guidance for the development of regional groups. You are encouraged to read through this strategic plan and consider how you can become involved in your region’s activities. Flip to page 5 for an overview and details on how to access the plan.
Also, be sure to check out the latest update from the IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority, which published 61 extinction risk assessments in the Spring 2015 update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Find out which species were removed from the threatened categories and which ones were moved to higher threat categories. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates on how each FrogLog reader can contribute to the Red Listing process.
And without further delay, let’s turn the page and dive right into this edition of FrogLog which features highlights from Africa—including Madagascar—and Europe. From citizen science to a digital approach to frogging and from establishing amphibian monitoring programs to dogs sniffing out rare toads, this edition has it all!
Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx
TABLE OF CONTENTS
NEWS FROM THE ASA & ASG
4 Amphibian Trade Workshop: Identifying the Threats, Species Most at Risk and Next Steps
5 Launch of the New ASG Strategic Plan (2015-2016)
5 Amphibians in the Spring 2015 update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
6 Construction of the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center (HARCC)
8 Amphibian Survival Alliance Seed Grant Recipient Project: Assessing the Status of Amphibians on Mount Kupe and Mount Nlonako in the Wake of Declines in the Highlands of Cameroon
NEW FROM THE AMPHIBIAN COMMUNITY
11 Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans: North America Call to Action
12 Call for Submissions: Have You Monitored the Effects of a Conservation Intervention on Amphibians?
13 Online Conservation Needs Assessments
16 Gone Before We Know they Exist?
18 Amphibian Ark Seed Grant Recipients
20 A Political-Oriented Framework for Protecting Data Deficient Amphibians
22 National Conservation Status Assessment 0f Brazilian Amphibian Species
24 The Vulnerability of Amphibian Populations Also Depends on Their Biogeographic Histories
26 Mandookavani: An Acoustic Guide to Frogs and Toads of the Western Ghats
28 In a Race to Save Frogs: The 4th Bornean Frog Race 2015 33 Community Conservation: Bringing Together Scientists and Citizens
35 The Colours of Gentle Persuasion: Jay Manchand’s “Endangered Frogs Colouring Book”
37 Announcing the Winners of the 2014 – 2015 World of 7 Billion Contest
REGIONAL EDITION: NEWS FROM THE AMERICAS
38 Local and International Research Activities of the African Amphibian Conservation Research Group
43 An Island of Marvels: Adventures in Andasibe, Central-Eastern Madagascar
49 Counting Eggs Before They Hatch: Citizen Science Contributions to Monitoring of an Endangered Frog in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
50 A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa Mobile Application: Digital Approach to Frogging in Southern Africa
51 An Amphibian on the EDGE: Saving South Africa’s Mistbelt Chirping Frog
53 Establishing an Amphibian Monitoring Program at the Budongo Forest Conservation Field Station, Uganda
55 Leap Day for Frogs 2015
58 Mangabe-Ranomena-Sahasarotra: A New Protected Area for Amphibian Conservation in Madagascar
59 Of Dogs and Frogs: Sniffing Out One of South Africa’s Rarest Toads
60 From Surveying to Engagement to Action Planning: Working to Conserve Amphibians on Mount Oku, Cameroon
64 Highland Amphibian and Reptile Group