Sunday, May 26, 2013

Some Good Words

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you."
~Job 12: 7-8

Frogs are amphibians. Amphibians are considered indicator species, which means their health and populations can be used to assess the quality of our environment.

"Amphibians are considered to be indicator species for environmental health: they have delicate skin that readily absorbs toxins from their environment; they have few defenses and can fall prey to non-native predators; they rely on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats at various times during their life cycle. If amphibians populations are in decline, it is likely that the quality of the habitat in which they live is suffering." (from here)

A more upbeat link for school age children on the same subject, here. Guess what other species are considered an indicator species? Honey bees, of course! 

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