The Brisbane Frog Society was formed at a meeting held at the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre in September of 1990. It was incorporated to become the Brisbane Frog Society Inc. in December of 1992. Widespread interest in frogs lead to growth of the society into areas outside the Brisbane metropolitan area, consequently the society was renamed the Queensland Frog Society Inc. in August 1998. to reflect the expansion of the society. The patron of the Queensland Frog Society is Dr. Glen Ingram.
The aims of the Queensland Frog Society Inc. are as follows:
- To encourage and foster an interest in frogs;
- To undertake a continuous survey of the local native species to determine their relative abundance and distribution and where necessary, make representations to governments on conservation needs; and
To provide expert assistance and education for newcomers to the world of frogs on identification, biology and intrinsic beauty, as well as environmental value, through field trips, lectures, slide nights and regular newsletters.
To find out more about “the most splendid of creatures”, or simply to share in the joys of frog watching, you are invited to join the Queensland Frog Society Inc. Members receive the Society’s Frogsheet newsletter and are able to take part in field trips and attend lectures. New members are also entitled to collect a free copy of the “Frogs of Greater Brisbane” poster. The Society also has public liability insurance.
Each year QFS take the display to community events and garden expos to spread the word about frogs. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers on-board – don’t let inexperience put you off! Helping on the stall is a great way to learn about frogs and plenty of laughs are had during each event! It’s great to hear people’s stories about their frog experiences. Please get in touch if you would like to help at a display or if you know of an event in your area at which you’d like to hold a stall.
QFS are often invited to schools to talk to students or to advise on sitting and construction of ponds.
QFS hold workshops on request on topics such as frog identification or ‘How to make your garden frog-friendly’. These workshops are often very popular and are usually followed by dinner and ‘frogging’ in the evening at a nearby park or creek.
QFS participates in the Habitat Brisbane program by maintaining frog habitat at Bowman Park, Bardon. The park includes three different frog habitats – ephemeral ponds that fill during Summer rains, pebbly Ithaca creek and the ‘new creek’ (a deconstructed concrete spoon drain). There are six species of native frogs that breed in the park.
Visit the Bowman Park Frog Habitat Facebook page for details on when working bees are scheduled.
QFS give advice and respond to queries by phone, Facebook, email or in person.