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Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers


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A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake; Photo by: Mosher B

By: Mosher B; Gerber B; Bailey L; September 20, 2017

The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome sound, telling listeners that the seasons are changing and summer is coming. Today, however, ponds that once echoed with the chirps, chuckles and calls of frogs and toads are falling silent around the world.

This loss is worrying. Amphibians are the environment?s canaries in the coal mine. Their declines provide early warning signs to scientists that stressors like habitat loss, climate change, pollution and disease are making ecosystems unhealthy. Without amphibians, insect and algae populations multiply, causing cascading effects on other organisms ? including humans...

Read full article here: theconversation.com/saving-amphibians-from-a-deadly-fungus-means-acting-without-knowing-all-the-answers-81739

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