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Learn more about amphibians at MDC’s April 20 virtual program | Outside

Amphibians provide a number of benefits to humans and the croaking and squealing that some make add to the spring and summer fun.

People interested in learning more about amphibians should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s free virtual program “Naturalist Notes: Amphibians” on April 20, according to a news release.

This online program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and is open to all ages, is set up by staff at the MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. People can register at: mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/183245.

Defining an amphibian in a few words can be tricky because not all amphibians have the same traits, but the word “amphibian” offers a good clue. It comes from a Greek word meaning “two lives” and that’s a good basic definition of these creatures.

This name refers to the life cycle of creatures which, with few exceptions, consists of a life cycle with components both in water and out of water. Missouri amphibians include frogs, toads, and salamanders.

During the April 20 program, MDC Naturalist Jordanya Raos will discuss amphibian species found in Missouri and how they help humans. One way they help is through their diet. Frogs, toads and salamanders have a diet of mosquitoes, termites and other insects called pests.

These creatures also offer a therapeutic benefit – the warm Missouri months simply wouldn’t be the same without the deep croaking of bullfrogs from a distant pond or the high-pitched trill of frogs and toads from elsewhere on the landscape.

This program will include a question and answer period via chat where participants can interact with the presenters. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are hosting virtual programs. A list of these programs is available at mdc.mo.gov/events.