The frog farm
was not a success, because all the frogs ran away and relocated in other
ponds. The tadpoles slipped through the barriers
and drifted downstream. There were stories by locals of huge bullfrogs
appearing all the way to the Licking River, which connects to the Ohio
River, as they quickly populated the area.
Our film follows our legend to find out if it’s
true. Was our grandfather/great-grandfather responsible
for introducing a new species into Kentucky?
Our quest has taken
us back to northern Kentucky to the old farm and the
site of the original pond, on late-night frog
hunts with seasoned giggers (not to gig them, just to film
them), and to other neighboring ponds to search for our “ancestral” bullfrogs.
We have listened to their sweet summer night calls and
met a few up close and personal.
We have poured through
old newspapers, interviewed local biologists, talked with some really interesting old
folks who say they remember back when the frogs were
brought in. We learned that “the Kentucky bullfrog” is
also a drink.
In the process of our
search, we have also learned that frogs in many parts
of the country and world are having a difficult time.
Because they are very sensitive, and because they live
on both land and in water, they are considered barometers
of the overall health of the environment. And their numbers
are declining worldwide.
Please watch and enjoy
If you would like to be a part of our film, Bullfrogs
on My Mind, email