Researchers In Ohio Study Golf Course Frogs

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Miami University researchers are studying whether golf courses can help put dwindling frog populations back on par.

Zoology professor Michelle Boone says the research will help the industry understand how its landscaping affects wildlife displaced by development.

Boone and a graduate student are studying northern cricket frogs at three golf courses in southwest Ohio. They're tracking whether the frogs survive longer and develop more normally if grassy "rough" areas are left around golf course ponds and lakes.

Researchers have seen increased survival in similar studies with other amphibians.

The National Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Golf Association are funding the study.