Amphibian Conservation Events to be Held At CU-Boulder in April

Press Release: U of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder will hold lectures, museum exhibits and community outreach events in April promoting the awareness and conservation crisis confronting amphibians as part of the international “Save The Frogs!” day April 28.

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Two public lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, in the new BioLounge at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Integrative physiology department Professor Cindy Carey will speak on “Worldwide Declines and Extinctions of Amphibians,” and ecology and evolutionary biology department Assistant Professor Pieter Johnson will speak on “Amphibian Deformities and their Link to Emerging Infections.” Free lunch will be provided.

In addition, the CU Museum will have an amphibian diversity and conservation exhibit that will run from April 20 through May 1. Admission to the museum is free, although facility administrators appreciate donations. The CU Museum is located just off Broadway next to the University Memorial Center. Visitor parking is available in the Euclid Avenue Autopark a block south of Broadway on Euclid Avenue.

On April 28, the official “”Save the Frogs!” day, live frogs will be on display at the CU Museum. The CU Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amphibians are currently considered the most threatened class of vertebrates worldwide. About one-third of the 6,317 known amphibian species are at risk of going extinct this century and roughly 200 species have gone extinct in the past three decades. Threats to amphibians include habitat destruction, pollution and pesticides, climate change, invasive species, infectious diseases and over-harvesting.

In addition, a series of amphibian conservation talks the week of April 27 will be held at Boulder Valley elementary, middle and high schools on frog conservation. Free items like posters and wristbands will be handed out to students.

“Save The Frogs!” is an international, nonprofit organization led by a team of scientists, educators, policy makers and naturalists dedicated to protecting the world’s amphibian species. For more information on “Save the Frogs!” visit www.savethefrogs.com/day.

For more information on Johnson’s research visit www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more information on Carey’s research visit www.colorado.edu/intphys/faculty/carey.html.

Contact

Contact : Pieter Johnson, 303-492-5623
Pieter.Johnson@colorado.edu
Jim Scott, 303-492-3114

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