The Reason Behind Our Stress-Reliever Frogs

by Shelbey Senkewitz
Jul 22, 2021

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As COVID-related restrictions continue to ease this summer and fall, Envirologic is looking forward to once again attending in-person conferences. Some of the upcoming conferences we'll be attending include the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) annual meeting in August and the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) annual conference in September.

Envirologic will be reviving our booth at both conferences, along with a longstanding Envirologic booth staple -- our stress-reliever frogs. For anyone who has previously visited our booth, you've probably been given one of these 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. 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 in the surrounding environment.

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. 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 Envirologic's ability to successfully realize this end goal.

Please visit our website services pages to learn more about the environmental investigation and remediation services and ecological services the Envirologic team can provide.

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