Students help rare frogs in Thurston County pond

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A group of students is trapping non-native bullfrogs and killing invasive reed canary grass to help rare spotted frogs survive in a wetland near Littlerock in Thurston County.

The Olympian reports (http://bit.ly/o8VAjh ) about 30 students in the New Market Skills Center’s Environmental Exploration program put on waders and boots this week to help with the restoration project.

The Fish and Wildlife Service, state Fish and Wildlife Department and volunteers are trying to enhance the wetland as a breeding site for the spotted frog. The Thurston County wetland is one of the few places in Western Washington where the frogs survive.

Saving spotted frogs means removing enemy bullfrogs and killing grass that overwhelms the wetland. The students from Olympia and Yelm say they love working outdoors.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com