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March Citizen Science Opportunity: FrogWatch USA

Fowler's Toad

Fowler’s Toad Photo: Maymont Foundation

Looking for another great way to become a Citizen Scientist? How about joining FrogWatch USA™ to monitor frogs and toads and collect data on local species? As a flagship citizen science program, FrogWatch USA™ gives volunteers across the country opportunities to gather information that will give scientists data in the battle to stop amphibian decline. Kate Quarles, Manager of Environmental Education at Maymont explains why monitoring frogs is important:

FrogWatch is a great opportunity for families to learn about the habitats and wildlife near their home. Frog and toad populations have been in decline in many areas, which can disrupt the role they play in an ecosystem. The greater impact for the scientific community is that by collecting data, scientists can learn about populations which will hopefully lead to the conservation of frog and toad species.”  Click here for more information on amphibian conservation.

What do you need to do to become involved? Participate in a two-hour training and monitoring session at the Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School on March 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join Ms. Quarles as she provides background on FrogWatch USA, and teaches you how to choose your site, how to monitor, and,- the most fun part - how to identify the calls of local frogs. After this training, you’ll be ready to head to your own wetland for monitoring. The training session is free and open to the public and is best for middle school, high school and adult audiences. For more information on the training session and to register, visit Bryan Innovation Lab FrogWatchUSA.

New in 2014, FrogWatch USA’s data can be explored online by anyone with an interest in frogs and todas.  On the FrogWatch USA's website, you will learn about their innovative online data entry, mapping, and analysis platform.

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