Did you know that frogs can breathe through their skin? 

They can even breathe through their skin in the water! Imagine you are a frog hanging out in a wetland and a big rain storm comes.  The rain washes the grime off the roads and it goes into the wetland water around you.  What would happen?  You probably would not feel too well.

Oregon Spotted Frog photo from Flickr user: Mid-Columbia River Refuges

Frogs could breathe some of this pollution into their bodies and in turn could get sick.  They are one of the first animals to get sick when our wetlands are sick.  This is why they are called an indicator species.  If we pay attention to our frogs, we can learn a great deal about how the water they live in and the ecosystem around them is doing!

Did you know that amphibians are the fastest declining group of animals in the world?  There over 6,000 species of amphibians and about 1/3 of them are currently threatened with


This is an alarm call to us that we need to improve our water quality and habitat, not only to save the frogs, but to help ourselves.  Needless to say, water quality is important to us too!

It’s not too late!  Come to the Leap for Frogs 5K and Festival to learn more about our local amphibian friends and how you can help them on June 28th!

Get details and register for the fun run now at www.leapforfrogs.eventbrite.com.

Visit the Leap for Frogs Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/leapforfrogs 

Festival is free to all!  Come celebrate our frog friends, meet your local frog friendly organizations and hear our special guest speaker! All profits go towards local amphibian habitat restoration and to raise amphibian awareness!

Interested in volunteering to help with the run? Please contact Sadie Gilliom at

tcdamericorps@thurstoncd.com or (360)754-3588, ext. 105.  Thank you!

Red-Legged Frog photo from Wikimedia Commons user Walter Siegmund