April 6, 2009

Amphibian Decline Movie - Sadness and Hope

I watched the film, "Frogs: The Thin Green Line", last night. Filmmaker Allison Argo and her team did an amazing job of bringing the amphibian decline issue to a general audience. Despite how dire the situation is I was left with a feeling of hope that collectively we just might make a difference. As usual, time will tell.... The film can now be viewed online on the PBS web site.

As I mentioned recently on The Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Site, the April issue of Fly Rod & Reel magazine has an article by renowned conservation writer, Ted Williams, on the lawsuit over fish stocking in California that was recently won by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Rivers Council. This is far and away the best article written so far on this issue. I've been hoping that this article would soon be posted on the Fly Rod & Reel web site, but that hasn't happened yet. So, here is a scanned copy of the article (PDF). Additional details on this topic are available on the California Department of Fish and Game web site and in my 4/18/08 and 11/21/08 Frog Blog posts.

Back to The Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Site.


  1. It was really heartbreaking and I wasn't aware of the enormity of the problem or the set of co-factors that are causing the problem. I am getting ready to participate in Frog Watch for the first time, but already I know that there used to be green frogs in our pond, but now the bull frogs have taken over. I hope it's not too late as the frogs go, so do we....

  2. Thanks for the note. The frog decline crisis is an enormous problem but it is the participation of people like you that will make the difference. Thanks for getting involved with Frog Watch.

  3. There is always hope. When we lose hope, we do a great disservice to all those who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the persistence of frogs and other wildlife. There are too many people passionate about this issue for their efforts to fail.

    Thank you for all you do for frog conservation.