Amid all the bad news from Haiti, about the United States government forcibly removing the democratically president … about the horrible earthquake … about basically no reconstruction … about occupation soldiers causing a cholera epidemic … about rape of women …. a bit of good news.
By Mischelle Esguerra:
Haiti frog lost rare species found in earthquake ruins after 20 years
Jan 12, 2011
Amid the ruins of Haiti earthquake, the conservation expedition to the deforested hills of the said country, has found six rare frog species unseen for 20 years, according to international news sites.
The discovery, which came despite heavy deforestation and widespread damage from last year’s earthquake, happened during the expedition last October 2010 to search for frogs that are rarely seen and could be on the verge of extinction.
The team, led by Conservation International scientist Robin Moore and Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University, took a trip to search for one, long-lost frog La Selle Grass frog, which has not been seen in more than a quarter-century. Rather than seeing La Selle Grass frog, they did find six other species of amphibians that had not been seen in nearly two decades. These critically endangered species from Massif de la Hotte, include:
1. Ventriloqual Frog, Eleutherodactylus dolomedes -last seen 1991.
2. Mozart’s Frog, Eleutherodactylus amadeus -last seen 1991.
3. Macaya Burrowing Frog, Eleutherodactylus parapelates -last seen 1996.
4. La Hotte Glanded Frog, Eleutherodactylus glandulifer -last seen 1991
5. Hispaniola Crowned Frog, Eleutherodactylus corona– last seen 1991.
6. Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog, Eleutherodactylus thorectes– about the size of a green grape when fully grown, is one of the smallest frogs in the world, last seen 1991.
According to Moore, they “went in looking for one missing species and found a treasure trove of others. That, to me, represents a welcome dose of resilience and hope for the people and wildlife of Haiti.”
See also here; with photos.
Haitian Activist Patrick Elie: “Haiti is Controlled by Foreign Govts & Foreign Interests”: here.
Haitians protest at Clinton’s office: here.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: “California Rep. Maxine Waters has called for the results of the disputed November presidential election in Haiti to be set aside and for new elections to be held. In a statement Wednesday, she writes: ‘I call upon the Government of Haiti to set aside the flawed November 28th elections and organize new elections that will be free, fair and accessible to all Haitian voters…. Haiti’s next government will be called upon to make difficult decisions that will have a lasting impact on Haitian society, such as the allocation of resources for cholera treatment efforts and earthquake reconstruction projects. If these decisions are made by a government that is not perceived as legitimate, the recovery process could be impeded for years to come'”: here.