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Pacific chorus frog named official Washington state amphibian

Pacific chorus frog named official Washington state amphibian

Thanks to a group of third-graders, Washington state now has an official amphibian _ the Pacific chorus frog.
Gov. Chris Gregoire, wearing a toy frog on her forefinger, signed the bill Monday, bantering with the students from Olympia who brought the legislation forward as a class project.
"There, you got a bill passed, and that's a really, really big deal," the governor said. "You made a law today."
The students researched amphibians that inhabit Washington, and they chose the Pacific chorus frog _ one that is found in all 39 counties in the state.
After state Rep. Brendan Williams introduced their bill, the students took a field trip to the Capitol to lobby for its passage, bringing along a tape of the frogs in full-throated chorus.
The measure, designating the Pseudacris regilla as the official state amphibian, zipped through the House and had an equally smooth path through Senate.
"The serious aspect to their bill is that it can help make citizens aware of the fragility of our ecosystem, particularly our watersheds," Williams said. "Frogs are considered an indicator species."


Updated : 2021-02-25 19:32 GMT+08:00