The Chiricahua leopard frog, a five-inch, spotted amphibian of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, is poised to receive 11,467 acres of protected critical habitat -- a few crucial wet areas, in a dry region, where the frog's survival will be a high priority.
Unfortunately, the government has omitted from its critical habitat proposal some of the homes of Chiricahua leopard frogs in the vicinity of a gargantuan, proposed open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona.The Center for Biological Diversity first filed a scientific petition to protect the Chiricahua leopard frog and its habitat in 1998. This petition documented the species' widespread declines in response to habitat destruction from urbanization, livestock grazing and other factors, as well as non-native species like bullfrogs and bass. Since then the threats to this beautiful amphibian have increased.
Please fill out the form below to let the Fish and Wildlife Service know that you support preserving all the recently occupied homes of the Chiricahua leopard frog, including those that another federal agency, the U.S. Forest Service, is on track to sacrifice for mining.
I was particularly interested in this frog, currently being in the southwest.
Probably not surprising I've never seen one.
Even at the desert museum.
Is this a lost cause?
But don't worry as I get The Center for Biological Diversity in my Hotmail, so I'm sure I Signed it already. Thanks for Posting, at least we got to see a pretty green frog. Couldn't send you a green star but I'll send hugs. xo
NICE PIC. ALSO COULD NOT SEND STAR....HUG SUFFICE?
BUT I SENT ONE TO VINNIE,INSTEAD..
SAW THE LIST OF NEWLY EXTINCTED ANIMALS,MISERY.