If you've had the opportunity to visit Envirologic's booth during any of the conferences we've attended, you've probably been given one of our stress-reliever frogs. Sure, they're cute desk decor and effective stress-reliever balls, but what do they have to do with the services Envirologic provides? At first glance, the connection might not be obvious. So why frogs?
Like most amphibians, frogs have thin, permeable skin that allows gases to pass through so they can breathe. Toxins can also be easily absorbed through their skin, which can result in illness or death depending on the toxin. Frogs' sensitivity to toxins makes them an ideal indicator species, meaning scientists can measure how "healthy" an ecosystem is by tracking the number of frogs' present -- the more frogs, the fewer harmful pollutants.
Frogs also perform fundamental conservation roles within their ecosystems. "They eat tons and tons of mosquitos and other pests and kind of keep those at bay," said Ruth Marcec, director of the National Amphibian Conversation Center at the Detroit Zoo. "They [amphibians] are important for water quality, especially tadpoles and larval salamanders. They, through what they eat and how they grow, help keep our water clean."
As an environmental consulting and services firm, Envirologic provides contaminant investigation, remediation, and ecological services for our clients (among others). When a project is complete, we ensure that a building (or a piece of land) is healthy to live in, work in, and play in. In other words, we expect lots of happy, healthy frogs to be hopping around on our remediated sites. When we hand out our stress-reliever frogs, we're hoping to convey in a fun, stress-free way Envirologic's ability to successfully realize this end goal.
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