FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

 

Trailside Exhibits Photos of Endangered Amphibians by Jonathan Kolby of Union

honduras brown frog
honduras frog on stem

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Trailside Nature and Science Center are pleased to exhibit photographs by noted herpetologist Jonathan Kolby through the month of March at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

“These photos find the art in nature and show how beautiful – and fragile – our relationship with nature is,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “I invite everyone to see these wonderful pictures and enjoy an afternoon adventure at Trailside.”

honduras snake

 

Mr. Kolby is a Township of Union resident and a graduate of Rutgers University. He spent his youth taking part in field trips and programs at Trailside Museum and those experiences sparked his love for the great outdoors.

Jonathan Kolby now travels throughout the world researching the disease Chytridiomycosis, which is rapidly pushing many amphibian species toward extinction. National Geographic published his recent photograph of a frog species that was believed to be extinct.

Mr. Kolby’s exhibit shows reptiles and amphibians from places as diverse as Australia, Hong Kong, Honduras and Kenya and captures the surroundings of these habitats. His photos chronicle the beauty of these creatures and their homes and the importance of saving them.

“My interest in photography developed out of a desire to educate people about wildlife and the environment and share my experiences with them through the images I take,” said Mr. Kolby. “I feel that as a result of the fast-paced world we now live in, it’s easy for people to unintentionally dissociate themselves from nature and wildlife. But I find that engaging images can re-ignite an appreciation for things less noticed.”

For the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mr. Kolby’s photographic display represents the first of a series of seasonal art exhibits. A different artist will capture the beauty and wonder of nature with the change of each season.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. The Center is open daily from noon to 5:00 p.m. and admission is free.

For information about upcoming Trailside events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.