Frog Fest: A retrospective

This week marks two years since Frog Fest at The Living Pavilion – a family-friendly event on the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne. As well as providing froggy fun for all ages, Frog Fest aimed to connect participants with nature in the city by re-imagining the frog biodiversity that would have occurred on…

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The CAUL Urban Wildlife App

Looking for a way to get closer to nature in your local neighbourhood while collecting information that will help us to manage our urban wildlife? The CAUL Urban Wildlife App is a mobile app (available free for iPhone & Android) that encourages urban-dwellers to become citizen scientists by monitoring native animals in Australian cities and…

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Frogs and roads don’t mix (Part 3)

At last – the final installment of this intriguing trilogy!  The third reason that frogs and roads don’t mix is that the noise of road traffic (cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles) can make it difficult for frogs to be heard by other frogs.  Anyone who has listened to a group of frogs calling at…

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Frogs and roads don’t mix (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how difficult it was for frogs to cross busy roads without getting run over.  The second reason that frogs and roads don’t mix flows on from the first one – if frogs can’t cross roads safely, then they can’t move safely between different areas of habitat that…

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Frogs and roads don’t mix (Part 1)

Frogs are small animals that hop or walk along the ground.  Roads are long stretches of gravel, concrete or bitumen that allow vehicles like cars, trucks and motorbikes to go from one place to another.  These vehicles are often large and heavy, and travel very fast – much faster than frogs can hop or walk. …

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It’s not easy being green… in the city

The city of Melbourne, Australia is home to about 14 species of frogs, depending on where you draw the boundaries.  And the boundaries of Melbourne are spreading outwards at a cracking pace, with new suburbs being built on its western, northern and south-eastern edges.  Melbourne is already one of the most sprawling cities in the…

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