Emma Webb - Delaware Township School
Hunterdon County Winner
Pine Barrens Treefrog
"Quonk .... Quonk ... Hi, I'm a Pine Barren Tree Frog. I'm endangered and 1 need your help.
I'm one of New Jersey's most beautiful amphibians. I'm green with purple and yellow spots. I also have orange feet with black dots all over. Although my belly is white, when I jump there's a flash of orange because I have orange globs under my legs. When I talk to my fellow neighbors, I don't say "ribbit" I say "Quonk." It's an unusual sound, and that's another reason why I should be saved.
We, Pine Barren Treefrog's like to live in a swampy or moss - carpeted flooring, so if we fall we don't die. Also, we like to live in pools (big puddles that form on land.) We live in pools for part of the year, and then we move to soft soils. Our baby tadpoles live and swim in the pools, and we live nearby.
What's making us go endangered is the pools aren't forming because of construction and the pools are drying up too fast. I know a lot of people would like to live in New Jersey, but I hear California's nice. Another thing that is killing us is the cutting down of our trees. How you can help us is to not cut down the trees in the Pine Barrens. If every body helped out, I know you could help me and my species and others."
Delaware Township School
Teacher: Ms. Rutkowski