An album of frog calls is poised to overtake Taylor Swift at the top of the Australian music charts.
By releasing an album of frog sounds, scientists hope to raise awareness of frog decline – which has declined dramatically since the 1980s.
The researchers behind the album, which features 43 of the most threatened frogs, want Taylor Swift to hit No. 1 on the ARIA 50 Songs.
Asked if the frogs could knock the star off the top spot, FrogID Chief Scientist Dr Jody Rowley said: “I hope the frogs can do it. It’s a fantastic album, it’s for A very good cause and we’ve had a very good response so far. So, my fingers are crossed.
“We need to get as many pre-orders as possible to make these guys stand out,” she added in an interview with ABC Australia Radio Canberra.
Speaking of the frog decline, she said the sounds are “probably something we don’t hear anymore in the wild”.
“I really hope that these calls, especially for these threatened species, actually ignite a spark in people’s hearts to ensure that future generations hear these calls and that we don’t take away their opportunities.”
Australian Frog Sounds: A Song of Disappearance is a collection of 50 minutes of frog songs submitted by biologists and the public, with proceeds from the album going to the National FrogID project.
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This album is a collaboration between the Australian Museum and The Bowerbird collection.
Frog ID It has been revealed that there have been more than 17,000 publicly submitted frog sounds this year, with each submission helping to “advance our understanding of frogs in Australia”.
The FrogID project aims to create a “database of frog calls to document authentic species diversity, distribution and breeding habitats,” while also connecting people with nature, as stated on its website.
The project created an app designed to collect these sounds from across Australia.