Toad on the road mission launched again in Latvia

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For the second year in a row, the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) has declared toad traffic regulators wanted. In a campaign "Mission Toad. Save a prince" the agency is asking people to help the amphibians cross roads on their migration paths, DAP said April 5.

Hundreds of toads die in road traffic accidents every year. One option would be to launch an educational program teaching traffic regulations to amphibians. Another, perhaps an easier one – to give a toad a hand.

DAP has identified locations where road and toad traffic clash, and is looking for volunteers to help the amphibians cross. Last year, over 100 volunteers helped over 1,300 amphibians.

According to DAP senior expert Vilnis Skuja, toads are very important in the food chain and in ensuring biodiversity, and their migration paths formed thousands of years ago. Thus, in toad traffic accidents, humans and their relatively recent road inventions are to blame.

To volunteer for the position of toad traffic regulator, interested individuals can apply at this link. Interested parties will also be able to attend a seminar by Vilnis Skuja on correct behavior during the rescue mission.

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