Learn about amphibians at April 20 MDC virtual program

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Amphibians provide a number of benefits to humans and the croaks and calls that some make add to the enjoyment of spring and summer.

People who want to learn more about amphibians should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Naturalist Notes: Amphibians” April 20. This online program, which will be from 10-10:45 a.m. and is open to all ages, is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. People can register at:


Defining what an amphibian is in a few words can be difficult because all amphibians don’t feature the same traits, but the word “amphibian” offers a good clue. It comes from a Greek word that means “two lives” and therein lies a good, basic definition of these creatures. This name refers to the creatures’ life cycle that, with only a few exceptions, consists of a life cycle with both in-the-water and out-of-the-water components. Amphibians in Missouri include frogs, toads, and salamanders.

At the April 20 program, MDC Naturalist Jordanya Raos will discuss the species of amphibians found in Missouri and talk about how they help humans. One way they help is through their diets. Frogs, toads, and salamanders have an insect diet that includes mosquitoes, termites, and other some insects that we would term pests. These creatures also provide a therapeutic benefit – warm-weather months in Missouri just wouldn’t be the same without the deep croak of bullfrogs rolling in from a distant pond or the high trill of frogs and toads from elsewhere on the landscape.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the nature center can call 417-888-4237.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.