Croaking truths and all about frogs

We’ve heard them. We’ve seen them. Some of us have grown up even chasing them, watching them hop away into their little holes in which they have made their homes, in many of Mumbai’s green spots.

Female Malabar Gliding Frog
Female Malabar Gliding Frog. Pic Courtesy/Team Wildernest

However, what was once a common, next-door creature, is now slowly dwindling into an increasingly infrequent sighting, whether it be in the wilderness or an urban park. Hence, in an interactive attempt to put a stop to the decreasing frog population in Mumbai, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has planned a Fun with Frogs workshop this Sunday at the BNHS Conservation Education Centre in Goregaon East.

“Anyone can sign up to join for the outdoor forest walk that we have included in the programme. The programme will be conducted by our team of nature educationists,” said Atul Sathe, communications manager, BNHS India. “Children who wish to register, must be accompanied by adults.” Starting at 7:30 am it will continue till 12.30 pm; the programme will feature outdoor and indoor activities. Apart from the walk, it will include an audio-visual programme and other activities such as paper frog origami classes.

“We’re situated in Film City, Goregaon (East), near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. We plan on taking everyone into an extension of the park, and immerse them in the frog habitat, allow them to absorb the natural ambiance of the atmosphere, and spot some frog species, like the Common Skittering Frog,” he adds.

The presentation that follows the approximately one-hour walk will focus on frogs as a species, i.e., their breeding habits, life cycle, habitats, their importance and the ecological threats that they face. “Human activities such as deforestation and urbanisation have led many, once common species, to almost vanish.

This in turn could have repercussions on our ecosystem, as frogs hold an important place in the food chain; they help control the insect population,” he reminds us. Overall, the hope is to imbibe people with a sense of just why there is a growing need for environmental conservation.

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