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Coming Up...



Frogs Victoria Annual General Meeting
The Elgin Inn, Hawthorn, 7:30pm 7th March 2024 and online on Zoom.

The AGM is an opportunity for members to hear a summary of Frogs Vic’s 2023 and to help
direct the 2024 year. It is also the best time of year to get involved in the committee, either as a
member, or by voting for the elected members.

Please forward agenda items to by 1st March 2024.
All are welcome to attend the meeting, but only financial members are eligible to vote or be
nominated to a role. You can apply for membership at If you are
a member unable to attend the meeting but wish to vote, notification of proxies can be sent to before the meeting. Your proxy does not need to be a Frogs Vic

Up for grabs this year:

Vice President
Positions on the Events Sub-Committee
(Extra)Ordinary Member

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the committee, please have a look at our
Committee Roles and Responsibilities document for more
details. Please email if you would like to nominate yourself for a


This is a great way to influence what we do at Frogs Vic and to meet and liaise with
Victoria’s Froggers!

Please join us Thursday 7th March 2024, from 6 pm in person - Meeting starts 7:30 pm at Elgin
Inn 75 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122 or online from 7:30pm, please click here.
Previous AGM minutes can be found at


This seminar will introduce the new Frogs of Victoria book, look at the ‘golden era’ of research on Vic frogs, delve into the features of the book, and examine the reasons that half of the State’s frog fauna is listed as threatened, and what must be done to arrest declines.

Nick Clemann began working at the Victorian government’s Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) late last century; over 25 years at the ARI Nick led programs on threatened species across SE Australia. He worked on international scientific expeditions in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Argentina. Nick’s extensive publication record includes papers from these expeditions, as well as conservation of lizards, snakes and – of course – frogs. Nick reviews reptile and frog submissions for the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, and serves on the Threatened Fauna Translocation Evaluation Panel. He has chaired several National Recovery Teams for threatened frogs, and holds an honorary position with Museums Victoria. Nick currently works for Zoos Victoria where he leads the Fighting Extinction programs on a snake, several lizards, and the Southern Giant Burrowing Frog.

Jeff Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Environmental Science within the School of Sciences at RMIT University. In recent years he has coupled his expertise in the physical sciences with a passion for frogs, recently having supervised PhD graduate Brendan Casey who undertook much of the work being presented.

The Giant Burrowing Frog (Heleioporus australiacus) is one of Victoria’s largest frogs but also one of the rarest. There have been only sporadic reports of the GBF in recent years. Records of this species in Victoria are confined to Gippsland east of Walhalla.

The scarcity of reports and cryptic habits of this species made it a good candidate to use bioacoustic monitoring to search for. In this presentation we will look at what is known about the GBF and the methods we used. The GBF, and also the Southern Toadlet, have played recent roles in influencing plans for new mining operations in Gippsland.

Listen to the Giant Burrowing Frog here:

Frogs Vic is currently seeking technological support - to assist with sound and video at events. Please e-mail if you might be interested in helping.

Dr Tiffany Kosch is a research fellow in One Health Research Group

at the University of Melbourne, where she studies genetic intervention approaches

for increasing chytridiomycosis resistance in frogs.

Tiffany will talk about her research to understand the genetic basis of

immunity to chytridiomycosis in Australian frogs and how this information

can be used to restore threatened species to the wild.

​Frogs Vic is currently seeking technological support - to assist with sound and video at events. Please e-mail if you might be interested in helping.

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