When considering endangered species, public concern is most intense for the more visible and charismatic of animals - such as dolphins, koala bears, buffaloes. But in recent years, there is one creature whose decline could have a monumental impact on the world - the humble frog. In 1990, a group of scientists sounded an unusual alarm that was literally heard around the earWhen considering endangered species, public concern is most intense for the more visible and charismatic of animals - such as dolphins, koala bears, buffaloes. But in recent years, there is one creature whose decline could have a monumental impact on the world - the humble frog. In 1990, a group of scientists sounded an unusual alarm that was literally heard around the earth. Frogs and their cousin amphibians, the researchers warned, are declining in number and facing extinction at an unusually fast pace. And, some suggested, this decline could be a signal that human-caused environmental degradation has reached a new and potentially lethal level. Kathryn Phillips heard the alarm and followed the scientists as they responded to the possible catastrophe. Some headed straight into the wetlands and woodlands, with Phillips tagging along, to search for and study the disappearing amphibians. Others turned to their laboratories and experiments to seek the answer. One straddled the boundary between scientist and conservationist and took on a badly managed U.S. Forest Service to save a rare toad. Phillips tells a riveting story of these scientists' efforts to comprehend why their beloved frogs are dying. She draws a fascinating real-world picture of how scientists and science works, and she explores and clearly explains the environmental problems that threaten frogs - and people. And she entertains with some of the quirkier characteristics of frogs and the humans who study them. Both enlightening and entertaining, Ms. Phillips brilliantly explores the mystery of the extinction of this biological "barometer" of the planet's environment in a book that is paradoxically and simultaneously terrifying and delightful....
|Title||:||Tracking the Vanishing Frogs: An Ecological Mystery|
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Tracking the Vanishing Frogs: An Ecological Mystery Reviews
This book is a few years old now. However, it is still relevant and a good read. Frogs and other amphibians are portrayed as "canaries in the coal mine", which are useful in measureing the health of the earth. Perhaps too basic for someone with lots of knowledge about the topic, but a good read for someone who does not have much knowledge on the subject of climate change, o-zone damage etc. Hey, it's never too late. OR IS IT!
This book is outdated, as it was published in 1994, but it still tells a story worth reading, especially coupled with a recent Nature program called "Frogs: The Thin Green Line." (This documentary tells of chitrid, a fungus that threatens amphibians, a new contributor to the decline of these creatures since the writing of this book).Phillips has done an excellent job of weaving history, ecology, biology and policy into this little book. It tells a compelling and scary story of the decline of amphibians. The more I read and learn, the less I can understand people who stay skeptical about the degradation of the environment (it's looking a little like the topic of evolution).I can't remember what lead me to this title, but I'm so glad that I found and read this book. Our family is focusing on reptiles and amphibians this spring break. Just yesterday, we made the acquaintance of a threatened spotted turtle. These animals are endearing in their own way. I hope they never go away.
an out of date account describing the world-wide disappearance of many frog species with several excellent profiles of people who care about frogs. it's old enough to give an interesting perspective on a global ecological conundrum (no mention of the chitrid fungus), and had me rooting for the geeky yet talented and determined field scientists all the way. i was especially glad to read about one so cal stream with a healthy population of native frogs, that has now (2009) been given wild and scenic status under the omnibus lands bill that recently passed!
Highly recommend for the many stories regarding the plight of frogs in our hemisphere and the great people making a difference. If you are into frogs or just nature read it. Prose style.
This book is packed with information!I've learnt so much about frogs and toads,and about how much we are hurting them.
While more is known now about amphibian declines, this book is still a good read and portrays well what was and wasn't known at the time.
Great introduction to understanding the possible causes of global amphibian declines. Nice book to read during the Year of the Frog!