International Amphibian Week, May 1-7

 May 1-7 is international Amphibian Week. The celebration of all things amphibian is meant to emphasize the important role amphibians play in the ecosystem and food chain. And it's also meant to bring awareness of the unique physiological nature of amphibians. Overall it's meant to encourage people to learn about this important classification of animals. Take time to to look up interesting amphibian facts.

When you're visiting your local national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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you may hear frogs and toads and never see them. They make a variety of croaks, chirps, clicking and popping sounds, usually depending on whether it's mating season or if they're defending their territory. Pictured below in the center of the photo is a well-camouflaged southern leopard frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus), barely seen on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

One locally occurring member of the amphibian family that you rarely see and never hear are salamanders. They are most frequently found under logs, rocks or pile of debris that helps maintain a moist environment.


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