At first, it’s a gentle, deep sound, which expands into the night as it grows. Then another frog might join the slow, melancholic chorus in a different key – and a moody, musical performance begins among the reeds at the edge of the Merri Creek. Our ecologist Michael Longmore is there to hear it.

But if, like Michael, you’ve heard this call recently, you’re remarkably lucky. The Growling Grass Frog, listed as vulnerable at both national and state levels, is holding on against the odds. Populations have declined across Australia since the 1970s, including those along the Merri Creek.

The good news is that with your help, Michael and the team at Merri Creek Management Committee will work to protect the southern populations of Growling Grass Frogs along the Merri Creek and you can help. Find out more about our plans below. 

Play video: Growling Grass Frog Appeal

Michael is one of the lucky people who've heard the call of the Growling Grass Frog. Earlier this year, we were able to send members of our Ecological Restoration team to the location where frogs had been heard in 2019 for the first time in years. The surveys Michael and his teammates completed were possible thanks to our wonderful supporters, who donated to fund our Growling Grass Frog campaign in 2023 – thank you. But Michael wants to keep hearing that call for many years to come.

That’s why we’re asking for your support again.

Wetland Grasses in the Growling Grass Frog Habitat

 And this time, we’re aiming much higher. We need to raise $90,000 by 30 June. Here’s how we’ll use your generous support:

  • Carry out a 5-year program of Growling Grass Frog monitoring at Moomba Park Wetlands as well as three new wetland sites, north of the Western Ring Road.
  • Improve foraging habitat for Growling Grass Frog in the vicinity of the Moomba Park Wetland. 
  • Expand citizen science water-quality monitoring to engage with residents in established and new suburbs north of the Ring Road, where awareness of the importance of biodiversity needs to grow.
  • Help to protect the Growling Grass Frog from its second biggest threat, chytrid fungus, by developing protocols and hygiene kits for citizen scientists, to reduce the accidental spread of chytrid fungus into monitored wetlands.

Join us in our vision for the Growling Grass Frog – help us ensure that the beautiful and melancholy calls of this precious frog do not fall silent.

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