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Give tiny mosquito eaters another chance

A Northern Cricket Frog sits on a lily

A Northern Cricket Frog sits on a lily pad in a pond in Chesterfield County on June 11, 2014. Credit: AP / P. Kevin Morley

Say hello again to the northern cricket frog. Maybe.

Chances are that unless you're 80 or so, you've never seen one on Long Island. They vanished here in the 1930s. But now the endangered species might rise again in the region as part of a plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to reintroduce the tiny amphibians to their natural wetland habitats.

After surveying the state for existing populations, the DEC will identify places suitable for the frogs, including locales where they lived previously, like Long Island. Reintroducing species is notoriously difficult. But this is a worthy undertaking -- for Long Island's historical biodiversity and the long-term health of the frogs. They're interesting little creatures, no more than 1 inch long but capable of jumping 6 feet. And they eat mosquitoes. Bravo! Bring 'em back.

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