28 May 2014
Do you know your Graceful Treefrog from your Eastern Sedgefrog, or your Striped Marsh Frog from your Pobblebonk?
The Queensland Frog Society stall at this year’s Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 8 June will be a great place to find out just which frog sings which part of that backyard symphony on rainy nights.
University of the Sunshine Coast Environmental Science student Brittany Elliott, 18, of Buderim, who is also the Frog Society’s regional coordinator, said stall volunteers would happily share fun and important facts about frogs during the festival at USC’s Sippy Downs campus.
“The Queensland Frog Society wants to raise awareness of the simple things we can do to help our local frogs,” she said.
“Frog numbers are declining. They are our environmental indicators and if they disappear from an area, we can assume that their environment is no longer healthy.
“People can come and see us at the stall for some ideas on creating a frog pond for their gardens or, if they wonder which frogs they can hear calling, we’d love to identify them.”
Brittany, in the first year of her degree at USC, has been passionate about environmental science – and frogs – since high school. When most of her friends were heading to Schoolies Week, she joined an academic research team to investigate diminishing frog populations in New South Wales.
She was recently a recipient of a $15,000 Queensland Government Supporting Women Scholarship and a $12,000 USC Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship.
Brittany said she hoped to use her USC studies to launch a research career which would allow her to continue to help endangered frog species.
The World Environment Day Festival is on Sunday 8 June from 10am to 4pm at USC’s Sippy Downs campus. It has been organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council with support from USC, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Queensland Government.
The festival will include food, music, entertainment, presentations, workshops and displays, ranging from wildlife to sustainable fashion, craft and games. For details visit the festival website.
Those interested in starting a Bachelor of Environmental Science in Semester 2, 2014, can apply now. For application details contact USC’s Student Administration on 5430 2890.
– David Cameron