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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mountain Chicken Day!!!

On Friday the 13th September 2013 Dominica hosted the first Annual Mountain Chicken Day.   This event was designed to help create awareness about the plight of the Mountain Chicken Frog (Leptodactylus Fallax) also known in Dominica as the Crapaud. The event was free so that all the public could attend and there were numerous planned activities throughout the day.   The day...
As we have said before, in Montserrat we work hard and we play hard. To celebrate the successful release and all the hard work that has gone into bringing back the mountain chicken to Montserrat the team partied hard with a traditional evening of fire cooking and Caribbean calypso. Gerardo and Blacka were in charge of the fire (there...

GHAUT FEELINGS

Hidden pool in the dry ghaut
Today was a day of following ghaut (excuse the pun) feelings. We were exploring new areas of our release site ghaut to try and find the frog utopia we’re sure must exist, to explain why we can’t find certain frogs on our normal searches in the main release site area. The release sites are all positioned on the main Sweetwater...
A collaborative effort to save the mountain chicken frog has been in effect between the islands of Montserrat and Dominica for many years, but our partnership was recently strengthened when Montserratian primary field assistant ‘Blacka’ came to share his fieldwork skills and experience with the team in Dominica. We decided to concentrate our search efforts in places that were previously...
Great news! 24 happy, healthy mountain chickens finally arrived into Montserrat after their long journey from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust herpetology house in Jersey. As a volunteer on the project I, Emma Downie, will be spending 3 months monitoring these frogs and so I accompanied the mountain chickens from London through Antigua. We flew into the Montserrat airport in...

Release no2!

Having got the first batch of frogs out and into the forest there was little time to relax as it was soon time to get ready the final group... last but not least. Preparations were smooth as the team new exactly what to do from the night before. The last of the mountain chickens left in the facility were...
In 2014 Nordens Ark became the newest partner in the mountain chicken project, and hope to assist in the restoration of self-sustaining, viable populations of the mountain chicken through breeding captive individuals and later reintroductions. The Ark itself is located near Smögen in Sweden and is run by a non-profit foundation.   Nordens' have been helping the mountain chicken’s cause since...

New Old Frogs!!

Well for the last month I have been on holiday in England and our project Research Officer, ‘Lloydie’ and Field Assistant, ‘Blacka’ have been holding the fort in terms of fieldwork in Montserrat. July has seen us take on more rain which has pushed the frogs further out of the ghaut. Only 3 different individual frogs were seen in...
  As many people reading this will have have seen from the article published on the Guardian website we were successful in our mission to unite the two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs on Montserrat. This true life fairy-tale was made possible from funds raised through an online appeal run by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and further support from the...