In the wet tropics of Cairns an endangered frog, the Myola Tree Frog (Litoria myola) is getting some attention from teams of volunteers who are monitoring and revegetating a restricted area of only 13.5km2, the only known home of the Myola Tree Frog.
Endemic to this small area west of Cairns in north-east Queensland, it is a medium-sized stream and forest dwelling frog. It has a pattern on the back that is highly variable, ranging from tan or brown to grey with faint or bright orange, green and brown blotches or mottling, sometimes with a darker patch between the eyes.
Increasing residential and rural residential development in the upper catchments is causing habitat loss and fragmentation, and soil erosion and sedimentation in the region. There is also a greater risk of predation by roaming cats.
Recently a team of volunteers carried out a night survey, monitoring and recording the presence of the frog along with a number of other local species. Volunteers identified the frogs primarily by their calls and on a rare occasions were lucky enough to site them.
The team detected approximately 10-15 calls of the Myola Tree Frog, sighting it once. During the night they also found 10 Mottled Barred Frogs and heard many Rain Whistling Frogs and Ornate Nursery Frogs. A spotted Leaf Tailed Gecko was also sighted.
This data is contributing to a long-term community frog monitoring project coordinated by Kuranda Envirocare. This data will help us understand more about this little frog and develop appropriate strategies to protect the species.
On the following day, the team headed out along the Barron River to remove invasive weeds and plant trees increasing habitat for the not only the frog but also for the vulnerable Southern Cassowary which is found in the area.
This project is supported by Boral a long-term partner of Conservation Volunteers Australia as part of the Connected Communities Program.
The Connected Communities Program assists schools and the broader community to educate and inspire young Australians to take action for the future of their environment. The Connected Communities Program has been supported by Boral since 2012, enhancing and restoring important green spaces shared by the community.
“The Connected Communities Program provides a creative, fun & engaging way for community groups to learn about their local environment. With the support of Boral these conservation projects become a reality leaving a lasting legacy for everyone to enjoy.” said Phil Harrison, CEO Conservation Volunteers Australia.
In 2019 the Connected Communities Program will run across all states. To find a project near you, call 1800 032 501 or go to conservationvolunteers.org.au