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Frog Rescuer

4 Sep

I moved to Roatan, Honduras for a few reasons, one of them because the Roatan Vortex was pulling me here…of course. Another reason was to embrace a simpler lifestyle, surrounded by the beauty that only nature can supply. The challenge everyday is to live in harmony with the glorious wonders of Roatan, while doing the least amount of damage to the natural balance. That might sound corny, but let’s face it pretty much everything made or introduced by humans for the comfort of humans does far more damage than good.

My sister Laurie chose the same idea, different location. When we were kids, for a period of time, my knick-name for her was Duh. I once locked her in a suitcase…well, she agreed to get in it, not like I forced her to, and she believed me when I said I wouldn’t lock it, hence the name Duh! She got wise to my evil ways and I couldn’t call her that anymore, but thirty odd years later I’ve come up with a new knick-name for her—Frog Rescuer.

Laurie aka Frog Rescuer hasn’t visited me on Roatan yet. Some things about it appeal to her, but for the most part she is content hanging out in Canada with her husband Glen and their two cats. A few years back they decided to move to a new subdivision in Guelph, Ontario, the biggest attraction for them was to be next to Guelph Lake, with meandering paths nearby to stroll or go for a bike ride. They weren’t alone with this desire to live closer to nature while still having the advantages of being in the city. The building lots quickly sold and one by one new houses sprang up around them.

In a recent email she shared with me a crusade she had begun. It would seem that living closer to nature—while nice for the humans—it wasn’t working so well for the critters.

My sister’s home has window-wells around the basement windows, as do all her neighbour’s homes. One day she noticed some frogs trapped in one of the window-wells. Now, Guelph frogs are not like Roatan tree frogs. They can jump, but not high enough to get out on their own, so she climbed in and rescued them. Doing an inspection of the other window-wells surrounding her home, she found more frogs needing help, and a few that it was too late to rescue (they had dried up and perished.)

A daily routine of checking for frogs began. But what about her neighbours, did they know that frogs may need to be rescued from their window-wells too? Just in case they didn’t know she made a poster and taped it on the community mailboxes.

Please save me from your window wells…a lot of us are dying out here as we jump in and can’t get out!
You will be glad you take care of us, because we take care of your gardens by eating the bugs that eat your plants… so please cover your window wells with plastic covers….or check for us every day and free us from them.
Sincerely, your local frog population

And she didn’t stop there, next up was to talk to the building company to ask them to cover the window-wells on the show-homes. That request was met with blank stares and snickering.

So she contacted a local newspaper and told them what was going on. Guelph Tribune

I’m proud of my sister. She can’t save all the frogs from the invasion of people, but I’m sure the ones she does rescue on a daily basis from a grizzly death are grateful. Besides, it’s not gratitude from a frog that inspires her to do this. She moved to the area to be close to nature and all it has to offer her sense of being—shouldn’t she take ownership of helping protect it?

No matter where we choose to call home, shouldn’t we all?

Rescued any critters today? I’d love to hear about it.

3 Responses to “Frog Rescuer”

  1. Laurie Hacker 06. Sep, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Thanks Gen for doing this post! I really enjoyed it! Wow your making me famous lol! Just rescued about 12 the other day….Noticing that frogs come over more when it rains and not so much on the hot sunny days. One well had 5 little guys staring up at me and saying “help”. Poor little things. Getting a lot better at catching those quick little guys too. Had them in the box in a minute flat :) Well yesterday only rescued one out of the model homes the other one hid so couldn’t get at him. Maybe I will get him next time I go down there. The good news is that it is getting colder and wetter so even if they hop in they won’t die as quick, so that gives me time to rescue as many as possible. The hot sunny days are the days that they die the quickest. So learning lots about this whole thing. Well thanks again. And thanks for the compliment that you are proud, but it really is just the right thing to do! Love ya, “Duh” Sis xo

  2. Gennyca 07. Sep, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    This comment is from Deb in Onatario, also doing her part to help safe the critters…in this case birds! My favorite of them all.

    “Saving the Creatures” that is the name of my photo artwork.
    Sandy might have told you that I photograph wildlife for conservation efforts in North Waterloo area. I have been working with another lady on this for the last 3 years – it all started one day after church when I drove down Conservation Dr. to photograph wildlife. I walk with a cane and so 90% of my photography is shot from the windows and sunroof of my SUV.

    A picture is worth a thousand words it is said, and that is the value of taking pictures of wildlife, it goes along way when you have proof with a photograph that a creature exists in an area.

    I sell my photography now also in the form of greeting cards and framed wallhangings and talk to people aabout conservation.

    I will send you the little bird that started the whole ball rolling, I photographed a striking pose of an indigo bunting and this lady stopped her vehicle and asked me what I was doing and after I showed her she asked me if I would help by photographing wildlife. I also sent his mate in the other photo, she is a drab brown colour, and when they come your way for the winter the male turns a black gray colour,


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