Amphibian Week Is May 2-8!

Juvenile eastern newt climbs rock
The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), common in eastern North America in small lakes, ponds, & streams or near-by wet forests, lives 12-15 yrs in the wild. They're land-dwelling & often known as the 'red eft.' Sometimes this species is called the red-spotted newt or eastern red-spotted newt.

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, 2015

May 2-8, 2021, is the first annual, international Amphibian Week.

You may wonder, why do amphibians need this special recognition? For starters, amphibians are unique. They begin their lives in the water, but most of their adult life is on land. And they are ectothermic, meaning their body temperature relies on external sources, like a rock heated by the sun or a river or lake. Amphibians are sensitive to invasive species, drought, disease, and other changes where they live. So researchers study amphibians because they often show early signs of stressors, like disease and climate change.

There’s another reason to recognize amphibians this week: many are in danger. About one third of all amphibian species are in danger of extinction. Many animals rely on amphibians for food, so when they die off, it affects the entire natural area. Some of the threats amphibians face include disease (like the ranavirus or chytrid fungus), changes in snowpack/rainfall, loss of wetlands, and splitting up their habitats. We need amphibians, and now they need us.

To kick off this inaugural event, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is partnering with the Amphibian Survival Alliance, Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Facility, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Defense PARC, Army Corps of Engineers, the Smithsonian Zoo, and other partners to initiate and promote the awesomeness of amphibians and their conservation throughout the week. We invite you to join the celebration!

Join the movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram May 2-8, 2021. All week we’ll be sharing information about amphibians, how important they are, the threats they face, and how you can help them. Always use #AmphibianWeek, and some other fun hashtags to use include #LeaveTheLeaves, #AmphibianAlly and #AmphibianArt.

Daily Themes

Saturday, May 1: BONUS: Salamander Saturday
Sunday, May 2:
What Are Amphibians?
Monday, May 3: The Secret Lives of Amphibians
Tuesday, May 4: Amazing Amphibian Facts

Wednesday, May 5:  Threats to Amphibians
Thursday, May 6: Amphibian Tweets from the Field
Friday, May 7: Partnering for Amphibian Conservation
Saturday, May 8: Actions for Amphibians

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Last updated: April 27, 2021