Now that we are back on dry land, it’s time to talk toads.
Did you know that toads (and frogs) have lived on earth for millions of years?
Unfortunately, things are beginning to change for our toady little friends.
About 20 years ago, herpetologists (the lovely people who study reptiles and amphibians) began noticing an alarming drop in frog and toad populations. They are baffled, and they are concerned.
Aside from the obvious fact that it’s a shame we are losing our frogs and toads, I can attest that children all over the world will miss these little slimy friends.
Until recently, we haven’t really noticed much of a change at the lake. The kids have always been able to find a toad of two and provide them the loving care required (pictured: Ben, R.J., Charlie, Bump and Beans).
We found toads all over the place (they blend in nicely with our hot tub).
We even had rules for caring for toads (kindly supplied by Ben).
This year, during our regularly scheduled Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy, Carson and Mackenzie decided they wanted a toad.
We searched all over. To no avail.
So we came up with a plan.
We would build a toad haven. A toad harbor. A toad oasis.
The kids got busy designing signs to welcome our new knot of toads (a group of toads is called a knot. I cannot imagine why this is so…)
Carson’s toad was our inspiration.
We thought a cooperative would be best for the hordes … oops, knots … of toads we would soon be hosting.
So far, no toads. But we remain ever hopeful.