Staying healthy is not only for people. Here’s a picture of a nurtured piece of land. No, all those white objects are not mini-tombstones – each cylinder protects a native plant whose destiny is to make this area a friendly, and noisy, place for frogs. And THAT helps an environment stay healthy.
If the frogs multiply, so do the birds and insects. Where land stays healthy, people can benefit.
This cherished piece of land is Pobbybonk Point (yes, Pobbybonk), on the wetland shore of Lake Alexandrina, near the mouth of the mighty River Murray in Australia. A recent community planting day resulted in these 2,000 plantings to make future frogs happy.
The pobby, or pobble, bonk frog is more formally known as Limnodynastes dumerili. Some of them can squeeze out a whole series of ‘bonk’ sounds in one second. But all frogs are welcome.
(Maybe you know those bananas that have a cap of red wax? This lets you know they come from a plantation where frogs that come in on the fruit are carefully restored to their habitat instead of being squashed and thrown away.)
Did you know there is a whole sub-culture of frog watchers? These are people who greatly enjoy frogs and their sounds – who plan their domestic gardens to encourage frogs to take up residence – whose idea of heaven is relaxing on the veranda with a glass of wine and frog song instead of Mozart…
Staying healthy — there’s something for everyone, and frogs too.