“Key to rebuilding species conservation is the need to maintain a close partnership between the professional conservation community and the amateur. In many parts of the world the amateur conservationist is a key player and a vital lobbying force for conservation.” (MBZ)
We make the choice to live in or visit this amazing part of Australia for many reasons. Why are you here? Chances are the lush tropical rainforest environment is at least part of the reason. We know that rainforest is not just this wet green forested area; it is made up of sparkling streams, secret waterfalls, towering trees, tiny treasures and a rich variety of animals and plants of all shapes and sizes, ourselves included. This is our Kuranda neighbourhood.
Some animals and plants are so unique to our neighbourhood that they are known as endemic species, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world! One such species is our local, endangered Kuranda Tree Frog (Litoria myola). At just 35mm (male) – 60mm (female) long, these tiny wonders call small pockets of Kuranda rainforest home, though not just any rainforest will do. The right habitat for the Kuranda Tree Frog depends on many little things being just right. Just as we enjoy living in certain conditions, Kuranda Tree Frogs need particular conditions. Interestingly, these frogs need clean, gentle flowing riffles in rainforest edged streams to breed, with the males calling from favourite perches above the stream, enticing the females out of the surrounding rainforest, high up in the trees.
As residents and visitors, we expect our neighbours to respect us as we would respect them. You wouldn't dump your rubbish or chemicals in your neighbours’ back yards, just as you wouldn't expect them to clear the trees in your yard or fill your creek with sand instead. Kuranda Tree Frogs couldn't cope with any of these actions either. There are threats to their habitat This is why we are focussing on creating and maintaining a frog friendly neighbourhood. It is important we remember to respect all our neighbours so our neighbourhood will continue to be such a great place to live and visit.
We hope to report the continued good health of our rainforest streams and the health of the frog population through our long term frog-monitoring project.