Striped Marsh Frog

Striped Marsh Frog

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The Currimundi Catchment Care Group in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland has posted a blog post on the Striped Marsh frog.

They are a grassroots organisation that is:

‘a very diverse and active group. We have removed weeds and planted thousands of plants in the parks and bushland bordering the waterways, collected tonnes of rubbish, stenciled litter awareness messages on hundreds of stormwater drains, delivered thousands of newsletters four times a year to a growing urban sprawl, distributed thousands of butt bins, addressed school groups on local environmental issues, conducted tours of an important rainforest stand and maintained a monthly water-monitoring roster at twenty sites along the waterways.’ (source: Currimundi Catchment Care Group website).

They asked permission to use a photo I took when we lived at Woodgate Beach in Hervey Bay.

They have also included a sound track of the unique croak of the Striped Marsh frog (a drip, drip, drip sound – I used to think it sounded like a game of ping pong (if you have a group of them).

So if you want to know more about the frog hop on 😉 over to their website

ribbit, ribbit, ribbit

Carbon tax passes into law

Carbon tax passes into law

Photo by Andrew Bryden

Well hallelujah 🙂

The controversial price on carbon is set to become law now that the lower house of parliament has passed a set of bills outlining the scheme. The bills will have to pass Senate later in the year, but this won’t be a problem because of support from the Greens.

The scheme will require the top 500 polluters to pay a price on the carbon (per tonne) they are emitting.

‘To compensate households, the government is cutting income taxes and boosting payments such as pensions and other benefits, as well as offering various lump sum payments.

The average household is expected to pay about $9.90 a week in extra living costs, including $3.30 on electricity. However this will be offset by an estimated $10.10 in extra benefits and tax breaks. The Australian scheme will cover about 60 per cent of Australia’s emissions, making it the most broad-based in the world.’ (Sydney Morning Herald, 12/10/11)

This is an historic day for Australia. This issue has been discussed endlessly for the past 2 decades and with no action. Today we are moving toward action.

The climate change denialists are a well funded and influential group of idiots that have significantly dumbed down debate on this critical issue. History will not be kind to them.

Australia is one of the luckiest (if not THE luckiest) and wealthiest countries in the world. If a country such as ours takes no action on climate change than our planet is in real trouble.

Say YES to a price on Carbon.

Despite what the negative Opposition say, we can take action on climate change and it will make a difference. The introduction of a price on carbon is just the beginning of the story of the world moving toward a clean energy future.

Frog fast food factory

Frog fast food factory

Dear Lord, thank you for the frog fast food factory!
The frog fast-food factory

Frog Fast-Food Factory

I happened upon this bug catcher,
a wondrous cage of light
in downtown veranda-villa,
sparking up most every night.

There is a family, they flick a switch,
the cage lights up, so sweet.
The bug-eyed bugs, too mesmerised
are zapped and ready to eat!

The electricity, it does its job
the moths and flies, deceased
with a flavour slightly BBQ’d
they become a sumptuous feast,

for frogs of all persuasions,
it’s an easy, laid back affair
care of the fast-food factory
for us frogs, without a care.

Frog fast-food factory.
Stay away from my bugs!
Froggy photo remix

Froggy photo remix

A little kiss and prince charming will appear!' says froggy, 'then there will be two of us?'

That would be my better half, but enough of him. John Jacobs, producers from ABC POOL, asked my permission to use one of my froggy photos in a remix. I’m excited!

Thanks John. Here is the link to the POOL for the post ‘When data communities converge’.

Here is the original photo

Splat!

Here is the remix

ABC POOL remix