Bullfrog Education Project Hops Around The Islands

Two co-op students from the University of Victoria are island-hopping this summer to teach the public how to prevent the spread of bullfrogs, an invasive species that can have a strong negative impact on native species. “We have a map that shows that bullfrog populations are distributed all along the highway, so obviously, people have been moving them,” says UVic environmental studies adjunct Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu. Once bullfrogs have established a population in a new habitat, they are extremely difficult to remove, and they eat, compete with and can spread disease to native frogs. Biology student Mike Dodd and geography student Cali Bingham are working with principal investigators Govindarajulu and Jane Parmley, of the Centre for Coastal Health, on the Bullfrog Project. The project focuses on educating the public to prevent the spread of bullfrogs by humans, containing the bullfrog range to prevent the establishment of new populations, and researching methods of habitat restoration to enable bullfrogs to coexist with native species. For more information, including where to report seeing or hearing bullfrogs, visit web.uvic.ca/bullfrogs/index.htm.

Co-op students Cali Bingham and Mike Dodd will be doing public presentations on:

Thursday, July 19, at Pinecrest School in Campbell River at 11 a.m.
Friday, July 20, in the library meeting room on Pender Island at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, in the Galiano Conservation Association office on Galiano Island at 1 p.m.

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Media contacts

Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu (Environmental Studies) at 250-721-8021 or reportbullfrogs@gmail.com or purnimap@uvic.ca

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