Earth Day Brought a Chorus of Frogs to World Garden Commons
On Earth Day 25 bags of trash was picked up and an uncounted number of tadpoles and frog eggs released into the World Garden Commons stormwater basin.
40 adults and children gathered to learn that much of the trash, often carried by the wind, comes from nearby dumpsters while smaller partials of litter mostly made up of cigarette butts, come from the storm-water drainage system.
Janessa Veach, a NDSU Natural Resource Management undergrad, stressed it’s important to keep the area clean because the World Garden Commons serves as the only green space for those who live and work nearby. Her suggestion to an apartment or building owner is to enclose dumpsters to prevent overfill from blowing into neighborhood.
NDSU student Ben Bauer released frogs, eggs and tadpoles into the basin. No one has ever documented the transplantation a frog population into stormwater basins prior to this Earth Day, NDSU Natural Resource Management Department Chair, Jack Norland confirmed. It will remain to be seen if they tiny tadpoles and frog eggs released into the basin survive.
Once the released tadpoles and eggs grow, it still may be difficult see these tiny frogs. An adult boreal chorus frog grows to be only 30MM or about the size of a fingernail. If the population takes to the basin, we should be able to hear them very clearly. Boreal Chorus Frogs sound like this. They feed on small insects and mosquitoes at night and rests in thick grass during the day. Amazingly, chorus frogs spend the winter frozen solid and can thaw without damage to their bodies.
Future NRM students will be on the lookout to see if the frog population can thrive in the World Garden Commons.