Calling All Dusky Gopher Frogs

14
Sep
2012

In a recent report released by the Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s 100 most endangered species are presented.  Of all the species that made the list, the Dusky gopher frog, Lithobates sevosus is the only mainland U.S. species in the report.  Ironically, it is found in the long leaf habitat of southeast Mississippi, the same habitat found at our Chickasawhay Conservation Bank.  Our 1,223 acre bank is located in Greene County, Mississippi, just north of the frogs location in Harrison County.

Even more exciting is the Dusky gopher frog lives in Gopher Tortoise burrows, like those found at Chickasawhay Conservation Bank.

Although a Dusky gopher frog has never been found at the bank, Westervelt Ecological Services is officially rolling out the welcome mat. To learn more about the frog, visit:

http://static.zsl.org/files/priceless-or-worthless-final-wq-2040.pdf

The critically endangered Lithobates sevosus. Credit: Stephen C. Richte

The critically endangered Lithobates sevosus. Credit: Stephen C. Richte

Chickasawhay Conservtion Bank. Credit: Westervelt Ecological Services

Chickasawhay Conservtion Bank. Credit: Westervelt Ecological Services

Gopher Tortoise burrow at Chickasawhay Conservation Bank. Credit: Westervelt Ecological Services

Gopher Tortoise burrow at Chickasawhay Conservation Bank. Credit: Westervelt Ecological Services